A loan of $1,125 helped to buy seeds and fertlizers.

Miguel Emiliano's story

Miguel is a 50 year-old man who grew up living with his parents in a town in the countryside, where he was able to finish elementary school. He moved when he was very young in search of better opportunities, and he married Maria, a hardworking woman, who is now 54 years old and with whom Miguel has 3 children. His children are now independent, each one having formed their own family. Now Miguel lives with his wife in their home in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, in a neighborhood called "Chillogallo," located in the southern part of the city. This is an area that, until just a few years ago, was not considered to be one of the economic strongholds of the capital of the Republic of Ecuador. But now this area is considered a force in the economy of the city. Here, there are enterprising families who have fought to get ahead. Between the natives, and migrants from other cities and countries, this area has been a meeting place for residents from various provinces. The area has been rebuilt with extensive streets, and is a neighborhood with a high level of commercial activity that keeps on getting more active, and supports the economic growth of the city in an important way. This area is outstanding because of its parks and extensive green areas, where families get together on the weekends. A large variety of services are accessible here, and the residents are entrepreneurs who take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself by launching new businesses.

Miguel learned to farm from his parents, and he's been doing this work for 6 years because there was no work available in private companies, and his needs were growing over time. Miguel spends a number of hours each day, including on weekends, working on his small plot of land where he mostly grows potatoes. He sells his crops in the main markets in the city and town. He is assisted by his wife, who also carries out the household chores.

Miguel wants to increase his production of crops. To do this, he is requesting a loan to invest in seeds and in fertilizer to care for the crops and the land. With this increased production his profits will increase, and so he will be able to support his household and also improve his family's quality of life. Miguel is aware that over time, his strength will diminish and it will become difficult for him to continue to farm, so he is putting a lot of effort into generating profits from his business and he expects to save for his future needs for health and support. Miguel is grateful for this opportunity to receive this loan from Fundación Alternativa; they have demonstrated their concern for his person growth and job stability.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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