A loan of $1,150 helped to buy a stove and an industrial oven.

Mercedes Pamela's story

Mercedes is an entrepreneurial young woman from Ecuador. She is 22 years old and was born in the city of Latacunga in the La Matriz parish in the Republic of Ecuador. She is single and lives in her own house with her sisters. She is studying at the university, and in order to cover her expenses she has a small business that consists of making empanadas, yogurt, and soy milk. She learned this business from her mother, who did this work for many years.

Today she needs help with a loan that she will use to buy a stove and an industrial oven. This will serve to minimize time and effort when making her product. Mercedes spends 4 to 5 hours daily making empanadas and other items.

Mercedes wants to extend her sincere thanks and greetings to Fundación Alternativa in Ecuador and to Kiva for making it possible to grow in her work and personal life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Karen Monat

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