A loan of $1,050 helped to purchase seafood and flowers.

Aracely Del Carmen's story

Aracely is a 44 year old woman who lives in San Francisco Gotera. She sells fish and seafood, both fresh and dried. She has her stand on a street named Avenida D. Comercio in San Francisco Gotera. She is married and she lives together with her husband and their three children: Mario Francisco, 22 years old; Douglas Armando, 17 years old; and, Carlos Daniel, 14 years old.

She started out with her sister as a business partner but now she works only with her family. She purchases the fresh fish in the very early morning hours in San Miguel and by 8am she is ready to start selling in Gotera. She has more than 20 years' experience in the business and it has been her only source of income used to support and educate her children.

She requests a loan to revitalize her seafood business and now especially that the day of the dead approaches and many people buy flowers, she wants to take advantage of the season and sell in this time. She plans to invest 50% of the funds on each one of her two businesses. This investment will help her generate more earnings to be used to supplement the family economy. The only risk has to sell the fresh seafood quickly to avoid losing freshness over several days.

Her goal is to garner enough profit to send her kids to school, to help them have a career. She will also use her profits to repay this loan, and to save money enough to build her own home one day.

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