A loan of $1,600 helped to purchase products for stocking her store.

Jaqueline Del Pilar's story

Jaqueline is a 37-year-old single woman who completed primary school. She has three children, who are 13, 8, and 6 years of age. Currently Mary is the head of her family, in which she has the great responsibility of educating and providing for her children, with whom she lives in her rented home in the city of Ibarra, the capital of the province of Imbabura. This city belongs to La Sierra and is located in the northern part of Ecuador. Its summery weather, its festivals, and its friendly inhabitants are the main attractions for national and international tourists. Art and culture predominate, but many people have also launched tourist projects which offer visits to waterfalls, rivers, and lagoons, as well as walks to places which show the culture of Ecuador.

For eight years Jaqueline has sold candy, fruit, and vegetables in order to support her home. No obstacle has stopped her from continuing to fight for the wellbeing of her children. Besides having a space in the market to make her sales, she also goes out to public places when there are events on which attract multitudes of people. Thanks to the enterprising spirit which she inherited from her whole family, she has made the business grow and she spends 7 or 8 hours each day working, and a little longer when events are on as she stays late into the night, but the difficulty of obtaining loans with some institutions has made growth very difficult; however, thanks to various recommendations by friends and family, she has applied to Fundación Alternativa for a loan which she will invest in purchasing additional products to meet customers’ demands and obtain greater profits on her sales. With these profits she will be able to fulfill her dream of relocating her business to a bigger, wider, and more comfortable place for her and her customers, and further down the track she will be able to buy her own house. Jaqueline hopes that people from all over the world will hear her story through Kiva and that they will be able to help her and all of those who fight for their dreams through microenterprise.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eloise Minogue

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