A loan of $1,675 helped to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Edwin Javier's story

Latacunga is a city that has many attractions for domestic and foreign tourists, mainly the historic center of the city that has been considered Cultural Heritage of Ecuador for nearly 30 years. It is the Capitol of a province that is part of the Sierra region of Ecuador, Cotopaxi and in recent years has developed significantly in a way that is considered one of the most important in the region thanks to the flower industry, mining, metallurgy, agribusiness, agriculture and livestock. In addition, there are businesses that generate interesting income, which makes it a commercial town with several opportunities to get ahead even though statistics indicate a poverty rate exceeding 50%. Despite this, the government and private enterprises have contributed to the city so that it is constantly growing. Recently the town built an airport and shopping centers that have generated employment opportunities for many residents who also maintain an entrepreneurial spirit such as the case for Edwin.

Edwin is young husband and father of 24. He studied in high school and though very young married Yolanda who is the same age and works to take care of their home. They have 2 children who are studying in a public school and they hope to see them become excellent professionals.

Edwin has been a vendor of fruits and vegetables for 5 years when he decided to undertake business due to lack of employment opportunities in his city. He really enjoys his job, so that no task is complicated even though invests at least eight hours a day from early morning until evening. This is where sales decrease and the products are exhausted. Each season of the year Edwin stocks products from his suppliers that are demanded in the market. The lack of capital and financing difficulties has been obstacles that Edwin has had to surpass at every stage of his business. However, he has always sought ways to have more of the fruits and vegetables that are highly demanded.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alana Abbitt-McGregor

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