A loan helped to finish fixing her house, and in this way, to stop paying rent and provide a home to her family.


Rosa Victoria's story

Rosa is a 38-year-old woman. She is a single mother and lives together with her children in a rented home in the area known as Ortuño, Pastocalle parish, Latacunga canton, Republic of Ecuador. With her parents’ efforts, she managed to finish elementary school, but then went to work. Due to a lack of economic resources, she needed to do so in order to cover her expenses. They live in a rural area of Cotopaxi province. Her home is very humble. In spite of the huge burdens that have happened, every member of her family is very close to one another. Rosa takes care of her children because their father hasn’t taken responsibility, and Rosa has been both father and mother to them.

She works as a mobile vendor of allullas (a product made by hand with ingredients such as: flour, eggs, and butter, among others. They are baked over a fire, giving them an exquisite flavor.), pork rinds, and cheeses wrapped in leaves. These are traditional foods in the Latacunga region. She sells these products in the city of Riobamba. She travels there every week and returns home when she finishes her sales. She learned this business from some friends, and these days it is the means of support for her household.

Rosa is asking for this loan to improve her home. It will allow her to be able to finish her own house and go to live together with her children. With this she can avoid paying rent. Now Rosa and her family want, with all their hearts, to thank Fundación Alternativa in Ecuador and Kiva for making possible this growth in Rosa’s working and personal life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Patton.



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