A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fish and an umbrella.

Ana Carlota's story

The Aníbal San Andrés communal bank meets every two weeks in Montecristi canton, a place famous for its Panama hats and for being the birthplace of Eloy Alfaro, the “Old Warrior.”

Ana has been a member of the Aníbal San Andrés communal bank for six cycles and is very happy in it because, according to what she tells us, she found much help here and has established good friendships with the other members. She is 42 years old and is a single mother of four children, three adults and a lovely 16-year-old young lady who is in secondary school. All her children still live with her.

She sells fish in Portoviejo’s Municipal Market where she has a small stand. She works Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturdays. She goes to Manta at 4am to buy fish for later resale in Portoviejo although sometimes she buys from the local wholesalers in the same market. She says that this is a little more expensive than buying in Manta but she saves on transportation costs and on labor. She is open until 3pm or until she sells out her stock. Her best seller is albacore either by the pound or the piece.

This loan is to buy a large umbrella to protect from the sun and the rain since winter is approaching and to buy fish.

Her dream is to have an enclosed locale with more amenities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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