A loan of $1,675 helped purchase cattle to raise and sell.

Jorge Raul's story

Jorge is a 56-year-old man, a born entrepreneur. He finished his secondary education at a technical school where he learned a lot about industrial mechanics.

Jorge has two children, 23 and 13 years old, from a marriage he had for many years, but because of adverse circumstances, ended and is something he is still trying to get over. Now Jorge lives with his parents, Jorge and Teresa, 84 and 83 years old, respectively. They work as farmers on the land around the home. Jorge lives in Latacunga, a city in the Ecuadorian Sierra that has grown considerably over the past years, as much in infrastructure and population as in economic activities that have strengthened the city's progress.

Since he was very young, Jorge worked in several shops where he was able to grow his knowledge of industrial mechanics and gain experience in that area. Thanks to the opportunity that his bosses gave him, he grew in this career. Because of this, it has been five years since he opened his shop where he works between eight and 10 hours a day but still does not have enough customers to be able to pay for necessary expenses.

At the same time that Jorge is working in his shop, he is always looking out for his crops on the land because farming, ranching, and field work are his other favorite activities because he learned them when he was young and has never stopped doing them. For this reason, Jorge is requesting a loan that he has decided to use to purchase cattle to raise and later sell. In this way, he will be able to have additional revenues that will help him pay for household expenses, help his parents with healthcare costs, and also provide his children with what they need to move forward.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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