A loan of $1,075 helped to purchase materials and tools to increase her production.

Mary Jeaneth's story

Mary is a 28 year old young woman. She went to school through primary school. She got married when she was very young to Byron who is now 29 years old and the co-owner of the family business. He also works in transportation, traveling outside the city to the coastal region of Ecuador. They have two children, Kevin, who is 10 years old, and Britany, who is 2. Kevin studies at the public school in the city and Britany stays at home with her mother.

The family lives in Latacunga, the capital of the Cotopaxi province, which is one of the provinces that forms part of the Sierra region of Ecuador. In the last few years it has developed and is considered one of the most important in the region thanks to the flower, mineral, metallurgy, agro-industry, farming, and livestock industries. In addition, there are businesses that generate interesting income that make it a commercial city with various opportunities to get ahead.

Mary has worked for nine years making cement blocks. She has known this activity all her life since all of her family work doing the same thing. Together with her husband, she works at least nine hours a day preparing the materials, mixing, forming, and finishing the blocks. Recently, demand has increased and a lack of materials prevents her from serving all of her customers. In addition, in the rainy season, the blocks take more time to dry. This has led Mary to request a loan to purchase 46 kilogram sacks of cement and sand at wholesale so that she gets a better price. This will allow her to increase production so that she will generate higher profits. One day she hopes to realize her dream of purchasing a truck to be able to make deliveries to her customers' homes. Mary appreciates the openness and trust that Fundacion Alternativa has in her since many times it has been difficult to obtain a loan from other financial entities. Mary sends much gratitude to everyone around the world that is making her family's quality of life improve through Kiva.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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