A loan of $1,125 helped to buy seed and fertilizer for her passion fruit and cacao crops.

Gabriela Lisbeth's story

Gabriela is 29 years old. She is the mother of two children who are six and two whom she hopes to see grow up with the best health, education, and stability. They are why she applies herself every day in spite of the barriers that many people put in front of her because of her lack of education, as she dropped out of secondary school and started working. She currently lives with her children in La Concordia, a canton of the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas that used to be part of the Esmeraldas Province. It is known as a canton that is very big on agro-industry and the exportation of various produce, such as African oil palms, macadamias, and fan palms, which is why over 300 million dollars move through this canton alone. Tourism is also a source of income, as there are areas that attract visitors and the locals take advantage of this to sell all kinds of products with businesses on every corner, such as restaurants, stores, pharmacies, clothing outlets, tours, etc.

Gabriela learned to work in the fields as a very young girl and she specialized in passion fruit and cacao, two fruits that are in high demand in the area and which are grown on a lot of land, as the area's climate lends itself to these crops. That is why for two years now Gabriela has spent at least six hours a day on her cacao and passion fruit crops, which she then sells at the local market or to customers who place orders. Gabriela has gained a lot of experience through all of her complex activities and she needs to increase her yield, as her expenses will grow with her children.

In order to expand her crops and improve the quality of the ones she has, Gabriela is asking for a loan to invest in seed and fertilizer with which to increase her harvest, which will in turn increase her profits. This will allow her to offer her children a better way of life and the education that she was not able to finish. This will make her dream of one day seeing them receive professional degrees come true.

Previously, Gabriela did not have access to loans from financial institutions, but thanks to Fundación Alternativa and Kiva she has been able to count on the support that she hoped for so dearly. She would like to give thanks in advance to the people in different parts of the world who take up the cause of her dreams to make them a reality.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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