A loan of $550 helped to buy bulk supplies of fish, such as pargos (snapper), cojinúa (blue runner), 'el carito', 'lebranche', robalo (snook), and sierra (kingfish).

Bernardo's story

Bernardo Rodríguez lives in Carmen, in the district of Puerto Colombia, close to the sea. He is a very cheerful man, who earns his living selling fish. He has held this occupation for over 30 years, since he was a very young man working in the local maritime fishing industry in Puerto Colombia. He now runs his own business, which consists of buying and selling produce from the sea. Bernardo offers his customers very good prices, thanks to the bulk purchases he makes. Since Puerto Colombia is only 30 minutes away by land from the town of Barranquilla, very near to other districts in the Department of Atlántico, it is a popular tourist destination for families on the weekends. It is very likely that many eat the freshly-caught fish - such as pargos (snapper), cojinúa (blue runner), 'el carito', 'lebranche', robalo (snook), and sierra (kingfish) - that Bernardo sells to the restaurants and hotels or inns located there. This will be Bernardo's first loan from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, which he wants to spend on buying greater quantities of fish to satisfy his growing number of customers. His dream is to open a shop in the centre of Puerto Colombia, which would be well-equipped with cold rooms where customers from all over the department and local district could find the most delicious, fresh fish. Among the challenges he faces are climate change and maritime pollution. This affects local fishing and the economy of these ports, since most inhabitants depend on fishing and associated business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cameron Graham

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