A loan of $1,100 helped to buy young cows that produce more milk.


Jose Abrahan's story

José is a young man, 19 years old, who is very enterprising and has many goals that he wants to accomplish. In the future, he dreams of having his own farm with several professionally-cared-for crops to distribute to large buyers. José is single. He finished high school and he lives with his parents José and Elvira in Los Bancos, a canton in the province of Pichincha, one of the largest provinces in the Republic of Ecuador. This canton is located a few kilometers from the city of Quito and has a diversity of forests. In addition, its neighborhoods are populated with friendly people and typical customs of the city where there are also several small businesses established, run by the entrepreneurs who fight each day to make their dreams a reality. Other outstanding activities are agriculture and livestock farming, producing abundant crops that are then sold to distribute around to many provinces. It also has several tourist attractions like waterfalls, rivers, trails and spas where the tourist is attracted by the adventure sports that are sold there with guaranteed security. José has worked raising cattle for milk production for 2 years, an activity that he inherited from his parents who, since he was a child, taught him the labors of cleanliness, care, feeding and milking of the cows. Now it is an activity that he carries out full time, nine hours each day to which he puts a lot of effort and dedication in order to deliver a healthy product to his customers. This young entrepreneur is requesting a loan that he will use to buy a pair of young cows to produce more liters of milk a day and thus he will be able to increase his milk sales, which will generate for him a better profit with which he will be able to help his parents with the household expenses and also be able to continue preparing for when he has his own farm to be able to run it professionally. José encourages everyone that can hear about his story through Kiva to contribute with a small grain of sand so that his project can be a reality. He is grateful to Fundación Alternativa who, in the pursuit of the mission to end poverty in Ecuador, provides so much support to the entrepreneurs and small-businesspeople of the rural areas, with training, personalized counseling and that familial bond that leads to attending to a customer not only with financial services but also non-financial services that ensure the well-being of the customer and their family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melanie Snellings



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