A loan of $1,150 helped to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Magola Elsira's story

Magola, 49, is an enterprising woman from Saquisilí, a canton in the province of Cotopaxi in the Republic of Ecuador. This area is very well known for selling dry grains. Magola's divorced and has a son, 21, who's already married and lives in the city of Latacunga. He visits his mother every day.

Magola makes a living selling fruit in the market in Sigchos, an area away from the city. She learned this business from her mother, who did this work her entire life and Magola inherited it from her. She goes to market on Monday and Sunday; the rest of the week she stays at home taking care of small animals such as chickens, guinea pigs, and pigs.

She has to go out and work because of her financial situation, as she doesn't have the support of her son's father. She worked in the field with her parents from a very young age. Now Magola takes care of her mother because her father died.

Magola's requesting the loan to invest in fruits and vegetables because her customers have asked for variety. She has a lot of demand because this is a commercial area. It's difficult for her right now to transport her products, which is why she can't go more often to sell her products. With the income from her small animals, though, she has been able to get ahead and pay for her own necessities and those of her mother, who's a senior citizen.

Her biggest dream is to be healthy and have a job so she can keep on taking care of her mother, who doesn't have anyone else.

Magola wants to extend her sincere thanks to Fundación Alternativa in Ecuador and to Kiva for this opportunity to be able to grow her business and improve her quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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