A loan of $1,350 helped to do repairs on an apartment in her house so she can rent it out.

Mirian Angela's story

Mirian is thirty-years-old and married to Manuel, forty-three, who works both as a driver and in construction. They have two children, including an eight-year-old, who is in school, and a three-year-old. Mirian hopes to see the children become high-quality professionals because she herself grew up in a home with few financial resources where her family could afford to educate her only through high school. She lives with her family in Abrahan Calazacón Parish in Santo Domingo, the capital of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Province, an area that's commercially very active because it has become a land port of exchange between the mountains and the coast of Ecuador. In addition, domestic and foreign tourists support the strengthening of businesses owned by entrepreneurs that have set up shop all over the city in the past few years. The city is the third most populous in the region and also contributes with industries like agriculture, livestock, fishing, and manufacturing.

Mirian has been selling clothing for three years. She offers her wares to her friends and acquaintances who then recommend her to others, so she keeps on growing. She works at least five hours a day in the business that she learned thanks to the support and recommendations of some friends. She has attended training provided by Fundación Alternativa to its microfinance clients, where she learned how to run her business. For this and other reasons, Mirian has been working with IMF since she started her business and now she is seeking a new loan to do some repairs to an apartment in her house. She wants to take advantage of the space by renting it out to augment her monthly income so she can improve her and her family's lifestyle. This enterprising woman dreams of having her own sewing workshop in the future where she can make and sell clothing, and of providing a stable home to her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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