A loan of $1,600 helped to buy a motorcycle to deliver her merchandise to her customers.

Martha Elizabeth's story

Martha, 27, lives in the municipality of Santo Domingo. She is a single mother of three children that go to a state-run school. Her main motivation is to give them a good education so that they can become professionals and receive a degree, something she could not do herself because her parents lacked the resources to support her studies after primary school.

Martha lives in Parroquia de Río Verde, a historical site in Santo Domingo, which is the capital city of the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas province, in Ecuador. This province has grown steadily during the last few years. Its capital city is well-known for its fruits and cuisine. It also has important commercial activities and has become an important hub for commercial exchange between the mountain and coastal areas of the country. It also has numerous touristic sites that together with its warm climate attract local and foreign tourists.

Taking advantage of Santo Domingo’s location between the mountains and the coast, people has started all kinds of businesses in order to make a living and support their families. This is Martha’s case, who, with the intention to cover her home’s expenses, decided to start selling clothes as a street vendor two years ago. She learned this activity from her previous jobs and works at least four hours per day, since she also has to cook for her three children and help them with their homework.

Martha has to walk her city’s long streets, taking and delivering orders, collecting the money and offering the clothes she has in stock. This is why she decided to improve her working tools and buy a motorcycle with the first loan she receives from Fundación Alternativa. With a motorcycle, Martha will be able to shorten her travelling time and reach more customers. This will result in an increase in her income and a better support for her children. Martha wants to thank each and every person that, wherever in the world they might be, decided to join her through Kiva in this quest for growth.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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