A loan of $1,050 helped to buy merchandise.

Julia Catalina's story

Julia is 53 years old and was born in a small part of the city of Loja. Her family was of limited financial resources so they were only able to pay for her to complete elementary school and receive a basic education. She married Jose when she was very young. He’s now 63 years old and a farmer. They have five children and have provided them with everything they needed so that they could become independent and work on their own. She currently lives with her husband in the Santo Domingo settlement of the Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas province. Santo Domingo is located along the mountain and coastal regions of Ecuador, and is in a commercially strategic zone, very convenient for large and small entrepreneurs.

Julia has been a housewife since she married and has also been helping her husband work on the crops. However nine years ago she saw that the household needs had increased greatly when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer and she had to cover various costs for this treatment. It would have been easy for Julia to give up and use her illness as a reason to quit working, however this woman has not slowed down despite her age and illness. Each day she goes out to walk along the streets of her city and offer casual clothing, table cloths, and curtains to her customers and also to collect on bills from previous sales. Julia needs to grow her business and needs more merchandise. This will help her increase her income and be able to cover the cost of her lab fees, medicine, and special food that her cancer treatment requires. Julia needs this loan to be able to buy clothing and products. Thanks to some of her friends’ recommendations Julia has approached Fundación Alternativa, who aside from the speed and trust, have they have made this loan possible very easily. This is her first loan and she expects to be on time with her payments. She is grateful to Kiva, who has made this loan possible.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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