A loan of $825 helped to purchase essential products for her store.

Cinthya Victoria's story

Cinthya is a young woman who just turned 20 years old at the beginning of the year. When she finished secondary school, she left her hometown in search of better opportunities and with the hope of continuing her studies. However, not everything worked out like she had hoped. After becoming pregnant she needed to look for a way to survive. Under these circumstances, her entrepreneurial spirit woke up and she has gotten through it for her son, averting all obstacles.

Cinthya and her son of just over a year old live in Guamaní, an area in the south of the city of Quito, capital of the Republic of Ecuador. It is one of the most populated areas in the city and has become highly commercialized, with all types of businesses available to its residents. In recent years the private sector has taken advantage of this growth as an opportunity to increase investment and construct shopping centers, residential compounds, etc. Guamaní has some security problems because of several night clubs that have opened in recent years, but despite this the people do not lose hope. They can always be found undertaking business ventures that benefit everyone. They believe that the place presents an opportunity for having been the historic home of the Incas and because the local authorities have chosen to improve the sites that hold the city's history and implement more security in the streets.

After experiencing the lack of employment available to her due to her lack of education, Cinthya gradually made the decision to start her own business. Three years ago she identified the need for a store in the neighborhood where she lives, and began selling a few basic products as a test. Upon seeing that it was in-demand and well-received by her customers, she rented a room with basic utilities that also had a space in which she could open her store. Here she works from the early hours of the morning until the late hours of the night. The best part is that while she is working she is also able to care for her son and complete household chores.

Cinthya dreams of someday being able to have her own house and see her son grow up in the best conditions possible. It is for this that she strives everyday to improve the service of her business and is learning to manage the resources she has to meet the basic needs of her and her son. With the experience that this young mother has acquired, she would now like to increase the range of products she offers and purchase some essential items that she does not have in stock yet due to lack of capital. For this reason she has requested a loan with Fundación Alternativa, who, through Kiva, will help her finance this phase of business growth. On top of that, it is very motivating to her that throughout the world there are people who believe in the hard-working and entrepreneurial youth of our time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melissa Paulson

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