A loan of $1,125 helped to enlarge the sheds.

Alex Paul's story

Alex is as young 20-year-old who sets an example of effort and self-improvement because even though he always had support from his parents it was complicated for them to continue supporting their son so he could continue with his studies. Because of this, when Alex finished elementary school y started to help his grandmother raise animals so he could pay for his schooling himself.

Alex is single living with his parents and grandmother in Pifo, a rural parish in Quito canton located northwest of the capital of Ecuador. There are important sources of water in Pifo which besides being tourist attractions also help develop agriculture in the area; it’s become one of the main activities of local residents. It’s also a parish known for the town fiestas that are carried out because they have certain peculiarities that attract the attention of national and foreign tourists.

Alex learned how to raise pigs thanks to his grandmother’s instruction; he’s helped her since he was a teenager and started using this activity as a business three years ago when his grandmother gave him a baby sow to feed and care for and then sell so that Alex could pay for his schooling and reach his dream of becoming a professional. This is how this young entrepreneur has distributed his time equally between his work and his studies neglecting neither one of them.

He rises very early in the morning to clean and feed the pigs and leave the daily provisions ready. He then heads to class and gets back home a little before sunset to continue with the work of caring for his animals and does his homework at night.

Alex is asking for a loan at present to invest in supplies and tools to enlarge the sheds where he raises his pigs and to acquire more animals to increase his sales which will make it possible for him to continue with his studies without interruption unlike the way he’s had to do in a couple of occasions.

Alex is grateful to Fundación Alternativa for the trust placed in him and also for the value added in teaching him tools to use to manage his business in a more effective way: the training he’s gotten from his loan officer.

Translator profile picture

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details