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Gastelu
Gastelu is 30 years old, and lives with his partner, Mariela, and their three-year-old son. They live in the town center of Villa Ashaninkam, in the central Peruvian jungle.

Gastelu makes a living as a fisherman, and he fishes the rivers near his home. He begins his daily routine at 5:00 in the morning, and works until 6:00 in the evening, after which he has to wait three hours to hang and dry his nets. He catches about 25 kilograms of fish of various varieties, including: "chupadoras", "doncellas", "barbones" (all different species of fish) and other species. A kilogram of doncella is the most valuable, and sells for 20 soles, while a kilogram of the other varieties sells for 10 soles. Gastelu travels half an hour to the closest city to sell the fish he catches. He also has a small parcel of land where he grows coffee plants, but he only works his land once each year and hires workers seasonally. His main focus is fishing.

This is Gastelu's second loan with MFP, and he has always made payments on time. He is also a member of the community bank, "Los Naranjales" (The Oranges), and is grateful for the support he has received from this group, as well as for the worthwhile, educational discussions they share. He plans to use the support from this loan to purchase a 50 meter fishing net that is made from a special material. With the remaining funds, he plans to purchase buckets, tubs, hooks and other fishing implements.
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Gastelu tiene 30 años, su pareja es Mariela, con quien tiene un hijo de 3 años. Ellos viven en el centro poblado Villa Ashaninkam en la selva central peruana.
Su principal actividad es la pesca y la realiza en los ríos que están cerca de su localidad. Su rutina inicia desde las 5 de la mañana hasta las 6 de la tarde, y espera tres horarios fijos para colocar sus mallas. Obtiene alrededor de 25 kilos de pescado entre “chupadoras”, “doncellas” y “barbones” (tipos de pescado), pero menciona que el kilo de la doncella está a 20 soles, y le conviene más, mientras que los otros los comercializa a 10 soles el kilo. Lleva toda su mercadería hacia la ciudad que está a media hora de su zona para la venta. Paralelamente tiene una parcela donde cultiva café, pero el trabajo en el campo lo realiza una vez al año y contrata personal, por ello se dedica a la pesca en mayor intensidad.

Este es su segundo crédito con MFP, por ello menciona que será puntual en el pago de sus cuotas. Además pertenece al banco comunal “Los Naranjales”; agradece el apoyo y las charlas educativas que le brindan.
De este préstamo invertirá 1600 soles en la compra de una malla de 50 metros, cuyo material es especial. Lo sobrante lo destinará para la compra de baldes, tinas, anzuelos y otros instrumentos de pesca.

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  • $6,715
    Average annual income
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    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $775 helped Gastelu to purchase a 50 meter fishing net and other implements for fishing.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 28, 2012
Listed
Aug 3, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
May 17, 2013