A loan of $725 helped to buy ingredients and food.

Elvia Esperanza's story

Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas is a city that is well-known in Ecuador, since it is the bridge that joins the mountains and the coast, and also because the Tsachila ethnic group for which the city is named lives there. This is where Elvia, a 62-year-old woman who has been separated for many years, currently lives with her son, daughter-in-law and her young granddaughter, in a small house that the four of them share.

Elvia is a very hard-working woman who goes around selling bleach, and also sells grilled meat in her neighborhood from 2pm to 7pm. The business is very popular because of Elvia’s seasonings. She has been a client of Fundación Alternativa for a number of years, and works with the institution because of the speed of their loan disbursements and the good service they offer.

Elvia is requesting a small loan to buy onions, meat, spices and rice, since in addition to selling grilled meats she also prepares other food to sell at night. This will allow her to increase her income and continue to grow with her business. She is very grateful to Fundación Alternativa and Kiva for the help they provide.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cynthia McMurry

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