A loan of $1,150 helped to get medical treatment for his son, who suffered an accident and lost one of his eyes.

Marco Rafael's story

Marco is 40 years old. He lives in his own house in the parish of Belisario Quevedo, belonging to the province of Cotopaxi. He was born in the city of Latacunga, known as "The Beautiful Garden of the Andes".

He has three children, and he lives in his own house with his wife and children. Two of them are professionals. Marco was only able to finish primary school, since his parents didn't have enough money to give him an education. Therefore, since he was very young, he started working and overcoming thanks to his efforts and sacrifice.

Marco was recommended by one of Fundación's clients. He had difficult times in his life since one of his sons had a household accident where unfortunately, the little boy barely four years old lost one of his eyes. Since then, he has spent a lot on corneal implants that his son has undergone.

His wife works with him; he has a mechanic shop in his house. Marco is an automotive mechanic in body work and painting. In addition, he does industrial mechanical work. Because of all this, Marco defines himself as a very responsible and hardworking man.

With a lot of sacrifice and effort, Marco and his wife have been able to get their children ahead, who are already grown and studying at the university. In his mechanic shop, Marco works 8 to 10 hour days.

Today, he is requesting a loan that will be invested in treatment for his son. Marco has made an effort to get his wife and his children ahead; they are his greatest pride, and therefore, he is very grateful to Fundación Alternativa in Ecuador and to Kiva for making this growth in his professional and personal life possible.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caroline Hedel

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