A loan of $2,575 helped a member to improve her lifestyle by buying new merchandise.

Pupusa Group's story

Amparo is 31 years old and grew up in a poor but supportive family. Unfortunately she could not continue her education after primary school but there she learned the basics which still help her in her business today. Amparo is a woman who fights every day to move forward in life with her family. She has two children who have taken different paths in life but who both have the education that Amparo was never able to enjoy. This enterprising woman lives in the centre of Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas province. This is a place with a very active business sector as it has become a land port, used for exchanging goods between the mountainous and coastal regions of Ecuador. This parish has various houses made or cement or cement and wood. There is a much visited river where tourists and locals participate in various sports and there is also the possibility of learning about the local "tsáchila" culture as visitors can listen to stories told around a campfire or on the campsite. Santo Domingo is the third most populated city in the region and local industries include agriculture, cattle raising, fishing and manufacturing in this land port between Ecuador's coastal and mountainous regions.

Amparo makes a living as a street vendor selling casual clothes. This has been her source of income for the last few years and with it she has been able to support the family. Amparo is applying for a loan to update her clothes ranges and increase her stock so as to increase her sales. This will then allow her to improve her lifestyle.

Amparo is the leader of the "Pupusa" group, which has three other entrepreneurs. José, María and Sara also want to develop their careers and personal lives with this loan. José and María make a living selling fruit and vegetables and Sara sells casual and sports shoes. Together they are looking for new opportunities but have come across obstacles such as unemployment or difficulty in financing their businesses. Nevertheless, they all have in common that they have fought with strength and work every day to bring themselves and their families forward in life.

All of the group's members are grateful for the opportunity that "Fundación Alternativa" is providing - the process is simple for the members and they are being trusted and given advice on their businesses. The members encourage everyone around the world to support those who do not have access to loans through Kiva.

In this group: Amparo Cristina, Jose Francisco, Maria Ana, Sara Margarita

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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