A loan of $1,125 helped to buy a sewing machine.

Maritza Mariana's story

Maritza is a 28-year-old single woman. She had the opportunity to complete secondary school and then began to work for herself. She lives in the parish of Río Verde, a historical place in Santo Domingo, the capital of the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, an Ecuadorean province that in the last few years has had a high, sustained amount of growth. Its capital is a city where the most attractive and notable thing is its delicious fruit and the gastronomy available there. It also has a considerable amount of trade, since it has become a terrestrial port of exchange between the mountainous and coastal regions of the country. It also has various tourist attractions that, accompanied by its warm climate, are very busy with national and foreign tourists. It is for this reason that the majority of its inhabitants have started some kind of commercial or service activity for locals and tourists.

Maritza always helped her mother making athletic clothing, and she learned a lot about this work. She has worked with her mother, earning part of her income, and through it covering her necessities. Four years ago, she decided to go independent, looking for new customers and making clothing. Nevertheless, she had to go to her mother to use her sewing machine. Now Maritza is asking for a loan to acquire her own sewing machine and dedicate herself full time to making athletic clothing. With her sewing machine it will be easier to allocate her time waiting on customers, producing, and designing. Since it is her first loan, she had difficulty getting support from financial institutions until someone recommended Fundación Alternativa to her. There she received the confidence, access, and flexibility she needed. Additionally, her account executive gave her some advice on managing her resources and making her business venture into a successful microbusiness. Maritza also thanks everyone around the world who, through the valuable work of Kiva, are participants in the dreams and growth of people like her.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Karen Monat

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