A loan of $750 helped to buy chicken feed.

Fany Neli's story

Fany, 34, grew up in a country home with scarce economic resources, but with the help of her parents she was able to get an elementary education which has helped her through work all her life. She moved away from home with her common-law husband, Alfredo, and they have three children, a 10-year-old, a 7-year-old and a baby girl, 7 months old. They are a farming family and live in a rural community called Nanegalito in Quito, Ecuador. The town is located northwest of the province of Pichincha, the residence of an Ecuadorean culture. It is a place with a diversity of flora and fauna and pristine rivers and waterfalls that attract national and foreign tourists. One of the main business activities in the area is farming, including milk and meat production, as well as crop farming of sugar cane, yucca plant, corn, oranges, tangerines and papayas. Artisan handicrafts are also important here and in much demand because of their natural materials such as forest seeds. All of this has motivated the local authorities to install adequate facilities so the more than 3,000 inhabitants can have access to basic services despite the fact that the area was never given consideration in the past.

For a year now, Fany has been raising chickens and hens that she later sells, along with eggs. Fany never has let obstacles get in her way, despite the fact that in her pervious business she suffered a significant economic loss. Now, in addition to her household chores, she spends eight hours a day feeding the animals, cleaning their pens, selling chicken, etc.

It is very difficult for Fany to obtain resources when she runs out of animal feed, so in order not to run the risk she is requesting a loan to buy wholesale balanced feed to have enough on hand for a few months. She will also buy more chicken to increase business and her customer base.

Fany's goal is to give her family a better quality of life than her own. She wants her children to get an education so they can become successful professionals. This hard-working woman is grateful to people around the world who contribute toward her personal growth. Of course, she is algo grateful to Fundación Alternativa which, with Kiva's support, has made the loan possible.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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