A loan of $1,325 helped to buy more merchandise.

Cristina Elizabeth's story

Cristina is a 27-year-old woman who lives in the city of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, a city which is known for its productive and commercial zones. She is also a member of the Tsachila ethnic group.

Cristina is a very hard-working woman who for the last three years has worked selling clothing. She visits regular clients and also goes from market to market selling her merchandise. With this income, she has been able to get her daughter ahead in life, as she has been able to keep her in school and help her to the extent that she is able.

Cristina is a loyal client of Fundación Alternativa, and she is very grateful since thanks to all of the loans she has received from the institution, she has been able to grow her business. She is now requesting a loan to buy more merchandise, such as blouses, pants, shorts and other items, since she wants to travel to other cities where sales are very good and she has been collecting information on the market so that she can go there to sell. She is thankful to Kiva and Fundación Alternativa for the support they have given her, and with this extra income she will save up gradually so that in the future she can open her own store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cynthia McMurry

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