A loan of $3,850 helped a member to buy fuel, rope, and a base for prepaid cell phone cards.

Brisas Del Mar (Portoviejo) Group's story

In the town Crucita in the canton of Portoviejo, we fine a place known as “Los Arenales” where every 15 days the members of the communal bank “Brisas del Mar” (Sea Breezes) meet. This place is known for its beautiful beaches, for its cuisine, and for the warmth of its people.

A while back these women joined together to be able to access the benefits offered by the Fundación Espoir. This is their second cycle in the communal bank and they are very happy as through the loans they have been able to finance their businesses. In this bank the majority of the members work in activities related to fishing.

In this place we can get to know Francisca V. who is 22-years-old. She is married and has two children from this relationship who are five and two-years-old. Currently she is in her fifth month of pregnancy with her third child. Her husband is a fisherman.

As a good wife, she tries to help with the hard work of the home and as such she is requesting the loan to help her husband in his work. He has a small boat which he uses for his fishing work. He tells us that he goes out to the high seas in the early morning and that there are days that he returns in the afternoons and sometimes not until the next day. When he arrives with his products he hands them over to buyers who take them to sell in other cities. She also is going to begin a business selling prepaid cell phone credit.

She will use this loan to buy fishing materials like fuel, rope, and also a base for the prepaid cell phone cards. She is in her second cycle in the bank and likes it for the help that they have given her with the loans.

Her dream is to have a business with phone booths and internet.

On this occasion we are accompanied in the photo by the son of one of the members. He is sitting in the back with the blue shirt.

In this group: Sayda María, Brenda Estefania, Pastora Marilú, Lenny Beatriz, María Vanessa, Rosa Elena, Shirley Vanessa, Angela Sulay, Teresa Ramona, María Trinidad, Mireya Lucciola, Rosa Victoria, Yahaira Maricela*, Francisca Elizabeth
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Anna Ruby Waxham Blackwell

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