A loan of $725 helped purchase fresh fish to increase his sales.

Simon's story

Simon is 43 years old, married, and has five children who are all dependents. He lives with his family in the District of Santa Rosa, an area that is economically dependent on the fishing industry and is located 25 minutes away from the city of Chiclayo.

Simon has worked in various jobs related to the fishing industry for more than 21 years. He started out as a crew member on local fishing boats and gradually got promoted. Simon currently owns a “chalana” (a small flat-bottomed fishing boat with a square bow and a pointed stern that is used for navigating shallow waters) that he sends out to sea to catch fish. This activity is the only one that generates income, so he tries his best to succeed in this business. The fish that he catches is offered for sale to merchants who buy their products on the beach. Thanks to this business, Simon has been able to build his house.

He wants to expand his sales business, so he plans to acquire fresh fish from other fishermen in the area to sell to the merchants who frequent the local fishing terminal. To accomplish his goal, Simon is requesting a loan from Edpyme Alternativa in the amount of 2000 PEN.

Simon has previously worked with a loan that was financed through Kiva. He used that opportunity to purchase nets and was able to conduct his work in an efficient manner. Simon is very grateful for the support he received and now plans to continue working so that his family can move forward.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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