A loan of $700 helped to buy a computer and graduate high school.

Adriana Celene's story

Adriana is a very young woman, 18 years old. Her greatest wish is to graduate high school, and she is proud to say she has had her family's full support until now. Nevertheless, she started to work in order to pay for her studies out of her own pocket, in order to finish the last year of high school and obtain the international diploma she has studied for. She refuses to admit defeat in the face of adversity, which is why, at great personal risk, she travels to the centre of the city to do her homework on a computer in a cybercafé. Adriana lives in a remote village called Salcedo, located in Oriente de Cotopaxi Province, one of the most important provinces in the Ecuadorian mountains. This village attracts tourists with its lagoons and other bodies of water, suited for tourists looking for a thrill and extreme sports. However, agriculture, followed by animal husbandry, are still the main economic resources of the village. Despite the presence of a functioning economy, it is a very poor village, with worrying statistics of illiteracy and poverty, because many basic necessities are unevenly distributed. For instance, only 25% of homes are connected to the sewer system. Adriana's sister is a certified seamstress, and she taught Adriana how to mend as well as how to make casual clothes. Adriana does many such mendings in a day, since she works at her sewing machine two hours a day and twelve on Sundays. During school holidays, she works a bit more during the week, in order to increase her income. This enterprising and brave young woman asks for a loan that she will use to buy a computer, so as to have access in her own home to the technology she needs to complete her school assignments. This way, she will be able to save money on transportation and on cybercafé and printing fees. Moreover, she is safer at home, and she plans to devote the time she spent commuting to sewing more. Adriana thanks field partner Fundación Alternativa for believing in her and in her dreams, for without the field partner, she would not have been able to finance her purchase. She also thanks Kiva lenders, who help her event though they have never met her, a feat of generosity she treasures.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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