A loan of $1,075 helped to buy feed for his pigs and chickens.

Roddy Antonio's story

Roddy, age 31, was married for nine years. He is now going through the big hurdle of the separation from his life partner. They had three children, ages 9, 7, and 11 months. Roddy has an elementary school education. With that knowledge he has worked as a bricklayer since he was very young. He has worked on various constructions with the objective of his children not having to do without anything.

Roddy lives in the Río Verde parish in the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas province. It is an inland port that moves Ecuadorian commerce upon joining the mountainous and coastal regions of this country. Its climate is humid, and the temperature favors agricultural and livestock business activities. Commerce has also grown, supporting the economic development in the area.

In this place several young entrepreneurs have emerged, and they have taken advantage of the opportunities that their city offers in order to get ahead.

This is the case with Roddy, a bricklayer. Three years ago he undertook the business of raising chickens and pigs to later sell. He learned this business activity as a boy by his father’s example and teachings. He father also raises animals. Roddy spends three times a week on this business activity so that he does not neglect any possible construction jobs that he is hired for. Nevertheless, on the days that he cannot tend to the animals he pays a person to feed and take care of the animals.

Roddy has been able to recapitalize his earnings by purchasing more chickens and pigs. However, he needs more feed to maintain the animals. That is why he is requesting a loan to be able to buy large quantities of grains for the pigs and balanced feed for the chickens. This way he will be able to keep his animals well-fed and healthy. This way Roddy will be able to offer his customers guaranteed product, and he will have adequate control of the quality, which this business demands.

Roddy dreams are to grow with his business and to one day see his children become excellent professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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