A loan of $650 helped to buy fish.

Gema Liceth's story

In the area of Andrés De Vera, in the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí which is known as the city of “Los Reales Tamarindos” (a stadium where football matches are held), every fifteen days the members of the Virgen de Guadalupe Communal Bank meet.

This would be Mrs. Gema’s second loan in the Communal Bank, she is a founding member and is the treasurer for the Bank which is a responsibility that she enjoys very much since she knows it’s good for her group. Gema is 20 years old and lives in a common law marriage where she has a beautiful one year old little boy. Gema is her third semester in nursing school at the University.

Gema and her husband sell fish in the market of the city of Portoviejo. They sell their fish wholesale to merchants that sell retail (per pound) although sometimes they also sell fish to customers. Her husband works everyday from 2 a.m. since he has to go to Manta to buy the fish, then he brings it to Portoviejo where Gema helps him deliver it. Their work ends at 3 p.m. and Gema goes home to get ready to go to school.

This loan is to buy fish.

Gema’s dream is to finish her degree and practice her profession.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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