A loan of $550 helped buy fish.

Gertrudis Maribel's story

The Aníbal San Andrés loan group meets every fortnight in the Montecristi county, where the famous straw hats are made and where the national hero Eloy Alfaro, also know as "The Old Fighter", was born.

Here we find Mrs. Gertrudis. She is 40 years old, has been married for many years and has three children. Two of them are adults but they all live with her. Her husband is unemployed due to poor health, which has been the case for a long time.

She is a housewife but also finds the time to trade so as to cover household expenses. She sells fish around Montecristi. She works from 5am to midday four days a week. She goes to Manta very early in the morning to buy the best fish for her customers. She says she likes to bring just the right amount to sell on the same day, because keeping it overnight costs a lot of money and her customers don´t like frozen fish.

The loan is to buy fish for her daily business. She has been with the loan group for 4 years and enjoys the meetings, because they give her a chance to share good moments with her friends. Her dream is to own her own shop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alba Sort

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