A loan of $700 helped to pay for his wife's medical treatments.

Elio's story

Elio is a 63-year-old adult who grew up in the countryside and when he completed elementary school started working in the fields with his family. Later, he married Tomasa who is now 57-years-old when he was very young. They had children who all live independently now each with their own respective families.

This man is very well-known in his community because of his unaffectedness and solidarity with all who surround him. Elio lives with his wife in Salcedo Canton located in the east of Cotopaxi, one of Ecuador’s mountain region’s most important provinces.

Salcedo has several tourist attractions like lagoons and bathing resorts where tourists can enjoy extreme sports. However, the main activity that’s carried out in this town is agriculture and to a lesser degree, cattle raising. The most common agricultural products are grains like peas, broad beans, lentils and lima beans as well as several fruits and vegetables. Milk production and its derivatives meet local demand and any excess is sent to the Costa Region as already processed products. Raising animals is also very favorable because of the canton’s climate. Despite these productive activities, there are worrying rates of illiteracy and poverty due to unmet basic needs like sewer service which is only available in 25% of homes.

Agriculture and animal husbandry have been Elio’s life’s work. He owns some cows he cares for that produce milk for subsequent sale; he spends at least four hours per day in this activity. His wife used to always help him with this activity and also did the household chores. However, an unfortunate recent event left his wife ill and unable to do her normal activities because having fallen she suffered an injury to her spinal column and the pain and discomfort persist to this day. Because of this, Elio has requested a loan to be able to take Tomasa to a specialist who can help her with this inconvenience and also to pay for any medicine that this may require thus improving her quality of life because illness at home robs them of time that under normal circumstances is very productive.

Elio is grateful for the openness and sensibility of Fundación Alternativa who provide him with the opportunity of obtaining this loan by means of Kiva lenders from whom he’s sure to also get the required support.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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