A loan of $1,150 helped to make physical improvements to her food stall.


Maria Alicia's story

María is a 69-year-old woman who is married to Carlos, age 68. Her husband is retired and receives a monthly pension from the government, which helps to sustain their household. They have eight children and each one lives independently. María dreams of finishing her house, which is in the process of construction. She and her husband live in Los Bancos, a canton within Pichincha Province, which is one of the largest provinces in the Republic of Ecuador. This canton is located a few kilometers from the city of Quito, which has several tourist attractions such as waterfalls, rivers, trails, and spas. Another attraction is the adventures sports in which tourists can participate with guaranteed safety.

Seeing the needs of her family, María decided to help with the household expenses 10 years ago. She established her food stall in the middle of a busy street where she sells bananas and roasted corn, products that are in great demand among the people who pass by. María also sells “mapahuira” (the pieces of fat that are rendered after frying pork), which is a popular afternoon snack. She works 11 hours each day at her business, which enables her to buy what she needs at the market for preparing “mapahuira”. María must also carry her implements to her food stall because she does want them to deteriorate on the days when the weather does not provide the best conditions.

She is receiving her first loan from Fundación Alternativa. The money will be invested in various repairs to her food stand so that she can be protected whenever the weather changes. In addition, she will be able to make her customers more comfortable.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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