A loan of $1,650 helped to buy fertilizer for her land.

Wilmer Santiago's story

Wilmer is 29 years old. He is single and has 2 children. He grew up in the country and after finishing primary school started working with his parents on the land, learning about all types of crops.

The young entrepreneur lives in Santo Domingo, an important port of commerce in Ecuador. It is the place where the Coast and Sierra regions meet. That is why it is there that products are traded to go to different cities. Wilmer is proud of being a native of this city. The tropical humid climate favors agriculture and its land grows the most delicious products, demanded around the world.

Always working on big farms, Wilmer acquired enough experience to be an expert on trees and soil. So 6 years ago, he went off on his own and began managing his parents' land. He invests most of the hours of his day on the work that each crop needs. He grows passion fruit, plantains, cacao, and other staple products. Nonetheless, Wilmer needs to fertilize the land to be able to plant new products and increase the yield and quality of the existing crops. To do that, Wilmer is asking for a loan that he will invest totally in buying the fertilizer.

Wilmer is grateful to the Fundación Alternativa for the trust they have put in them to grow in his work as well as for believing in him and his future projects. The fact that they are helping him with the loan motivates him to work harder to obtain better results.

Wilmer affirms that the lack of capital has always been a problem and getting financing hasn't always been easy. Nonetheless, now the support for micro-businesspeople has grown and it is thanks to projects like Kiva that involve many people from around the world cooperating with each of them.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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