Total loan: $3,500


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Aguadilla, PR, Puerto Rico / Services

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Roberto's story

Hola, My name is Roberto and I grew up in a small fishermen village called Crash Boat in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. This humble community is where my father and grandfather taught me to fish and navigate amongst pristine waters and spectacular sunsets. Aguadilla is also where I went to school and fell in love with the history of our town and where I started to share with tourists our traditions and culture as a young child. It is also where I became a licensed fisherman, learned to surf, became a lifeguard, and even worked with special needs children while volunteering with different charity organizations like Surfer’s Healing, Surf for Them, and with the Super Hero Program of the Puerto Rico Surfing Federation. These connections had a lasting effect on me, even after I left for college. After graduating from law school, and practicing my profession, I would still feel the ocean calling my name. After inheriting my grandfather's old small fishing village home I started sharing this space with tourists that wanted to learn about our customs and traditions. Sadly, Hurricanes Irma and María destroyed this home and our whole fishing village. Rebuilding has been slow and has taken up most of my savings but it also forced me to get creative and find a new way to provide for my family while slowly doing the necessary work needed to provide a safe place for guests to stay.