Maria Quisalima Simbana,
Maria Quisalima Simbana is a thirty-five-year-old mother of three from Ecuador. She had
always hoped to own her own business one day, and so decided to study fashion and
sewing. She began her business in the room where she lived. With only one sewing
machine, she began building a clientele, but needing to continue growing, she eventually
fell victim to local money lenders.
In 1992, a neighbor told her about the Fundacion Ecuatoriana de Desarrollo. She
received her first loan and began to expand her business. FED provided training and
assistance in health for Maria and her children, the only requirement being that she make
her payments on time.
As of today, she has taken seven loans. Her business has grown to include five sewing
machines and four employees. Maria's next goal is to have her own house where she can
establish her business for her family's peace of mind.