A loan of $900 helped to buy fish, shrimp and calamari.

Veronica Leticia's story

Verónica Rodríguez, 30, lives in the outskirts of Guayaquil along the city's Perimetral (ring road) in a cement house. Her husband sells fish from a bicycle. They have a son who is 10 years old. She started out as a domestic employee; when she lost that job she bought fish in the market in Guayaquil and decided that this was going to be her main economic activity. Now she works in the area outside her home selling fish and shrimp each day. Her husband helps her with the sale of shrimp on his bicycle. She sells fish at $2.00 per pound, the shrimp at $2.00 per pound and the calamari at $2.00 per pound. One of the complications of her business is dealing with crime. With this loan she wants to buy fish, shrimp and calamari for her business. In the future she wants to have a place to sell seafood.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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