A loan of $1,150 helped to buy reeds at wholesale.

Edison Fabian's story

Edison, 22, is a young entrepreneur living with his parents. He completed secondary school and lives in San Rafael La Capilla that belongs to Otavalo in Imbabura Province. This is a place with much tourism. Most people living around him work as craftsmen making and selling reed mats. Edison sells these mats in the city of Napo.

He’s been doing this since the age of 15 having learned from his parents who also sell mats. He stopped going to school in order to go into this business because the lack of economic resources made staying in school impossible and now with the business he’s been able to learn much and also help at home with basic household expenses and utility costs.

He works from 5 in the morning until 6 in the evening going through the streets in the city to sell from street market to street market. Moving about has always been difficult because he must carry his merchandise on his back; he sells mats of various sizes.

The mats are made from ‘totora’ [texture of sedge, flags, or rushes] and depending on their size can take up to two hours to weave but they are very attractive to tourists.

Now Edison is asking for a loan to increase his merchandise for the Christmas season in which sales tend to improve to increase business and meet household needs and also to pay debts he has. Edison is very grateful to Fundación Alternativa and to Kiva for giving him the opportunity of continuing to increase his merchandise and to increase sales thus improving his life style.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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