A loan of $1,125 helped to buy pigs and chickens.

Edgar Eulogio's story

Edgar, 38, learned to work when he was a child as his family had limited resources and he could not continue his education after primary school. A few years ago he decided to marry his partner Gloria, a 33 year old kitchen assistant. With this woman, Edgar has created a home with four children who are all studying at the public school and Edgar hopes to give them the opportunities that he never had to study until they are professionals.

Edgar and his family live in the Río Verde de Santo Domingo parish, the capital of the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas province. A province of Ecuador that in recent years has sustained a high level of growth. Its capital is a city that names delicious fruits and gastronomy as its most attractive and appealing offerings. It also counts on a considerable commerce as it has become a gateway of commercial exchange between the desert and coastal regions of the country. It also counts on various tourist attractions that along with the warn climate mean it is often frequented by domestic and foreign tourists. It is for this reason that the majority of its residents have set up some kind of commercial activity or service for residents and tourists.

Edgar has been working independently for 4 years, growing pigs and later selling them. He started working in this trade to earn supplementary income for his work. Now he dedicates more time to it, however, it is a business that is saturated as many residents in the area sell animals for a living. Edgar has customers who look for him as he gives good care to the animals and sells them for a fair price.

Previously, Edgar was part of a group that obtained a loan from Fundación Alternativa, on this occasion he is requesting a loan independently to buy pigs and chickens so that he can grow his business and earn better profits to allow him to give his family a better quality of life. Edgar asserts that the first time he worked with Fundación Alternativa, he felt much safer and felt supported and by the institution through the consultant in charge of their account who gave him lots of advice on how to run his business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sara Godwin

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