A loan of $1,075 helped to buy a variety of products for her business.

Lucinda Menelberta's story

Lucinda is a 59 year-old woman. She has attended secondary school but did not have the opportunity to continue her studies at the university as she has worked since she was very young and she married José, who is 67 years old and works as a driver. They have one child who lives on his own. Lucinda lives in the Rio Verde area, which is a historic area of Santo Domingo, the capital of the province of Santo Domingo of the “Tsachilas”, a province in Ecuador. In the last few years this area has grown quite a bit. The capital is a city, which is known for its delicious fruits and for the food that is prepared there. There is also a lot of trade, as it is becoming a commercial center for the mountain and coastal regions of the country. Also, there are a lot of tourist attractions as it has a temperate climate. Many local and international tourists visit here. This is why most of the people are business people or they offer services for the locals or the tourists.
Lucinda, three years ago, started a stationary business in order to help her husband with the household expenses. She is able to do this business along with her housework, as this business is located in her house. Lucinda offers a variety of products for customers of all ages. She also sells candies and other fresh grocery items in order to increase her sales. She attends to her customers many hours of the day. Her business is stagnant because she doesn’t have financial support. Thanks to some of her friends who belong to a credit group, she was able to learn about the services offered by the Alternative Foundation. She decided to join them in order to ask for a personal loan in order to buy more supplies for her business. In this way she can develop a better business and therefore reach her objective of have a stable income and a business known throughout the city. This will help her have a better quality of life. Lucinda is thankful for the help of KIVA in obtaining this loan and is thankful to those that support her dreams and the dreams of many small businesspeople with a small grain of sand.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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