A loan of $725 helped to build more pigsties.

Nancy Rocio's story

Nancy, 33, is a woman who due to scarce resources at home only completed elementary school and was unable to go any further. She has three children attending public elementary school. She works hard for them and dreams with seeing them become successful professionals.

Nancy lives with her children and her sister in Los Bancos, a canton in Pichincha Province, one of the Republic of Ecuador’s largest. This canton is located a few kilometers from the city of Quito and it has diverse forests. Its neighborhoods are inhabited by kind people who follow customs unique to this city. Several micro-businesses are established here also that are managed by entrepreneurs who strive daily to make their dreams reality. Other activities are agriculture and animal husbandry. Abundant crops are produced that are sold to be distributed to many provinces. There are also many tourist attractions like waterfalls, rivers, paths and resorts that attract tourists to adventure sports that are sold there with safety guaranteed.

Nancy had to start working while still very little helping her parents raise pigs. She decided too to go into this business for herself 8 years ago and every time she’s learned more about this activity. However, three years ago hurricane-strength winds destroyed a large part of the house where she lived and the pigsties. Despite this, she’s gradually been rebuilding her house and her business where she spends about 10 hours daily while also doing her household chores.

The most complicated part of this business is when the sows are pregnant because they require intensive care so that the piglets will be born in good condition and not be squashed. Nancy needs a loan now to continue growing in her business for she’ll use it to build new pigsties in order to house more pigs and increase sales thus improving her and her family’s standard of living as well as to take a step towards reaching her dream of building her own house with quality infrastructure as well as having a pig farm with the optimal conditions for their care.

Nancy thanks Fundación Alternativa for the support the micro-loan provides and for the personalized counseling she receives from them; she also thanks Kiva for having confidence in her micro-enterprise.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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