A loan of $1,650 helped to buy school supplies for the back-to-school season.

Jenny Beatriz's story

Jenny, 35, has three children, two of whom are studying at the public school and the third still stays home under her care. She is single and works every day to move forward along with her children. Jenny lives with her children in Chigüilpe parish, 15 minutes from the center of Santo Domingo, the capital city of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas province. This place has a very active trade since it has become an inland port of exchange between the mountains and the coast of Ecuador. This parish has many homes made of cement and a combination of wood and cement. There is a much-visited river, where the tourists and inhabitants do a lot of sports. They also have the chance to get to know the Tsáchila culture. Legends are usually told to the visitors during a bonfire and camping. Santo Domingo is the third most populated city in the region. It has activities like agriculture, ranching, fishing, and manufacturing.

Jenny's business is set up in her home. Every day she attends to many customers who come to the bazaar and stationery store that she opened four years ago in order to meet her neighbors needs for school supplies, office supplies, and bazaar goods including articles of clothing. She always attends to the public with a lot of affection, respect, and friendliness. She learned about this commercial activity thanks to her sister, who very patiently gave Jenny information about providers, costs, demand, etc. She really likes what she does since she can also spend her time to several activities in the home, help her children with their homework, and care for her young child. Now she has many plans for her business, among them increasing the number of products that she offers, buying school supplies like notebooks in different sizes and models, pencils, and pens wholesale. This is all so that her customers find every thing that they need at this time of year when children and young people are starting classes again. This is why she decided to seek out Fundación Alternatica, an institution for which she received good references because of the loans and help that they give to micro-business owners and entrepreneurs. She is asking for a loan which will help her in this stage of business growth, since this way she will feel confident in moving forward with her business and she will have more customers. Because of this, her income will increase, and she will be able to offer her children a better lifestyle.

Jenny thanks each Kiva lender that decides to support her and encourages them to continue contributing to entrepreneurs and micro-business owners, since it is the best way to believe in them and their projects, which motivates them to keep fighting for a better tomorrow.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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