A loan of $1,625 helped to service her vehicle.

Gloria Isabel's story

Gloria, 44, was unable to continue with her schooling after completing elementary school due to her family’s scarce economic resources. She married José, 48, who is a professional driver with whom she had a son who is named after his father and who is a 17-year-old adolescent who they hope someday receives his professional degree.

Gloria lives with her family in a rural parish in the city of Quito, capital of Ecuador Province. Nanegalito is a parish located in northwest Pichincha Province that after traveling dusty roads leads to the pure air in the countryside. It was home to an Ecuadoran culture which still maintains arcane ancestral stories from the Ecuadoran past. It’s a place with diverse flora and fauna as well as rivers and waterfalls that are a source of crystalline water that attracts national and foreign tourists because of the extreme sports offered that are clearly designed with safety and ingenuity. Another source of production in the area is cattle and milk as well as meat production. In agriculture, sugarcane, manioc, corn, oranges, mandarins and papayas stand out. Hand-made crafts are also a business opportunity in the zone; they are in demand because of the natural materials like forest seeds that are used to make them. Because of all this, the local authorities have focused on providing adequate installations so that all of the more than 3,000 inhabitants can have access to basic utilities despite the fact that this zone in the past had been neglected; up to fairly recently they did not enjoy the benefits of potable water or electricity.

Gloria has worked for the last ten years providing transportation services in her canton. She did so aiming at improving her home’s economic situation and helps her husband with education, health, and housing and food costs. She learned this activity while very young when she’d accompany her father transporting fruit they grew on their small farm to the city central market.

Gloria does not have a fixed work schedule because there are high tourism seasons and sometimes some of her routes are day-long. One of the most complicated chores she has at work is having to drive at night and in the rain because highways are often damaged preventing all vehicular traffic.

Gloria’s dream is to be able someday to buy a farm to work full-time in agriculture and selling farm products but until that dream is a reality she will continue striving to work responsibly with her vehicle which must be given periodic exhaustive service and maintenance in order to be licensed and be allowed by local authorities to continue to be used for public transportation. This is why Gloria is asking for a loan she’ll use to service the vehicle and pay for the corresponding paperwork to have her vehicle she uses daily to transport passengers even beyond the canton in operating conditions.

Gloria learned about Fundación Alternativa who offered her security and trust to carry out this loan; she also got advice that will be very useful for her to manage the resources that she still retains and receives as profits in her business. This enterprising woman motivates those who around the world visit the Kiva site so that they will continue supporting so many people who need support in order to get ahead.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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