A loan of $425 helped purchase a waffle iron and a blender to offer new kinds of food in her store.


Kerly Mishell's story

Kerly is a young woman, hardly 18 years old, who has just finished her secondary education in public school. Paying for university studies wasn’t possible, so she decided to support herself by setting up a store in the neighborhood where she lives. She has enough merchandise to win over some customers in the area.

Kerly lives in the Río Verde parish in Santo Domingo, which is the capital city of the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas province. This province in Ecuador has had a high level of sustained growth in recent years. The capital city’s most attractive features are its delicious fruits and its local cuisine. It also has a considerable amount of trade since it has become an inland port for trade between the mountainous and coastal regions of the country. In addition, it has many tourist attractions that, coupled with its warm climate, are very busy with both national and international tourists. Because of this, most of the inhabitants have set up commercial businesses or services for inhabitants and tourists.

Kerly has requested a loan from the Fundación Alternativa to be able to purchase a waffle iron and a blender that would allow her to offer more products in her business. People that don’t have time to eat breakfast at home can come by Kerly’s business to have juice or a delicious sandwich prepared with the waffle iron. A lot of financial institutions have closed their doors to the possibility of giving her a loan to finance the growing of her business. Nevertheless, Kerly has not given up. Looking to improve her quality of life, including in the future taking up her studies again, she has found the Fundación Alternativa. Thanks to Kiva, the foundation involves many people around the world and supports her dreams without putting many obstacles in the way. For Kerly it is very important that her business grow so that her life can improve and so she can take advantage of the entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes the people of Santo Domingo.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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