A loan of $1,100 helped to buy clothes and shoes in order to provide a greater variety of goods for her business.

Diana Liset's story

Diana is a 22-year-old young woman. She is single and the mother of a young child who is one year old. She finished secondary school. She wants to work so she can find a way to continue with her education. Right now her life revolves around her child. One of the greatest obstacles that she has is the loss of her partner, who is also not interested in their child. Diana lives with her son in the town of Rio Verde de Santo Domingo, which is the capital of the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas. This city has a many businesses, as it has become an inland port of exchange between the mountainous region and the coast of the country. The various tourist attractions of the city are related to the warm climate. Many national and international tourists visit here. Most of the population of the city works in business or services related to the local inhabitants or the tourists. Diane learned how to be a photographer when she was a secondary student. Now she has a business at a local photography shop. Never the less, her income isn't sufficient. So, for the last six months, she has been augmenting her income by selling cosmetics from a catalogue. She can do this while she is at the photography shop. She shows her catalogues and the products that she has in stock, while she is in the shop. Every weekend she goes door-to-door in her city selling her products and collecting payments for them. Diana's customers are mainly women that are also requesting other products such as clothes and shoes. This is why Diana is requesting this loan. She will use the money to start selling a line of clothing and shoes by catalogue. She will also buy seasonal clothes to exhibit and show to her customers. By growing her business Diane will increase her customer base with the objective of increasing her earnings. This will help her provide a better life for her child and pay for the household necessities. The lack of capital is always an obstacle for her ability to increase her business. Now she has the opportunity to apply for her first loan from the "Alternative Foundation". This Foundation has provided the confidence and flexibility that she was looking for. Diana agrees to apply for a KIVA loan. She wants the world to know that the people of Ecuador have an enterprising spirit and strive to achieve their dreams despite the barriers that they face.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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