Total loan: $275
PUCALLPA, Ucayali, Peru / Food
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A loan helped to buy more fish to ship to another city.
Alex, 29, is a cheerful young man who is full of fun but above all is very hardworking. His partner for the last 13 years has been Sandra, 29. They have four children together who are 11, 6 and 3 years old; the youngest is a 5-month-old baby boy. They live in a house he was able to build on part of his father-in-law’s lot. His work consists in buying and selling fish at wholesale. He rises very early every day in order to buy fish from fishermen who sell their fresh catches in the city’s fishing harbor. He chooses the best ones to then take to his warehouse and freeze. He then places them in vacuum sealed bags to ship them to other cities. He does this activity every day starting at 4am and finishes around 10am. He’s been in business for 13 years with help from his family members. For the last two years he’s been spending afternoons when he’s not too tired from the fish business driving his car. He likes what he does very much because he feels that he helps to make known all the species of fish that thrive in rivers in his city. He’s also very glad to promote conservation of them by rejecting them and informing the authorities when he observes fish being sold that are not fit for consumption either because of their size or because it’s during the season when they are banned. He hopes later on to be able to export his products in larger amounts. This is his first MFP loan and he’s very happy to know that he has financial support because he’ll feel surer about making progress in his work. He also commits to make his payments punctually. He’s very happy to belong to his communal bank because all the members are responsible and supportive. He will use the requested 700 soles to increase working capital and to buy more fish to ship to another city.