A loan of $1,375 helped to buy diapers and other items for babies.

Christian Augusto's story

Not long ago, the southern sector of the city of Quito was not considered one of the stronger economic sectors of the capital of the Republic of Ecuador. Now, this sector is considered a strength of the city's economy. In this place, you can find families who have fought to survive. Between indigenous people and migrants from other cities and countries, it has been a meeting point for inhabitants of various provinces and it has been reconstructed with extensive streets.

Christian lives in Chillogallo, a neighborhood located in the southern sector of the city, a sector with a high amount of commercial activity that is becoming stronger and stronger, and that contributes greatly to the economic growth of the city. In this sector, there are many parks with large green spaces in which many families spend their weekends. Many different services are available, and the people who live there are businesspeople like Christian who take advantage of every opportunity to establish new businesses.

Christian, a 27-year-old high school graduate, worked in the commercial sector first as an employee and later independently. He is married to Maria, who is the same age and who completes the household tasks. They have the privilege of having twin girls who are now a little over two years old. The day of their birth was a very special day because they were born prematurely and needed to remain in an incubator for a while. They are now healthy and without major health issues. This further motivates Christian to move forward.

Christian worked as a salesman in a private business, but his clients always encouraged him to become independent since he knew the products that he was selling very well. A year ago, Christian decided to launch his own small business selling disposable goods like plates, spoons, cases, tubs, etc. in all sizes to satisfy the demands of his growing number of clients. In the beginning, he sold and delivered his products in school stores and later increased his business until he now has his own storefront where he can sell other types of items.

Christian spends at least 8 hours each day performing his job, from the time he wakes up to distribute and classify the orders until he finishes in the afternoon adding up the bills to charge and the bills that were paid that day.

Now that this young father has gained experience and has full knowledge of his market, he seeks a loan to invest in new products like diapers and items for babies, and increase his portfolio of products and clients in order to offer a better quality of life to his family with economic stability. Christian thanks Fundacion Alternativa for believing in his dreams and giving him the confidence and advice that he needs to know how to manage his business and achieve his and his families' dreams.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meghan Rishel

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