A loan of $675 helped purchase fish.

Carmen Elodia's story

In the parish of Crucita in the canton of Portoviejo, there is a place known as Los Arenales where every fifteen days the members of the community bank Nueva Generación [New Generation] meet. This area is known for their beautiful beaches, cuisine, and the quality of the people.

Carmen is 55 years old and maintains a relationship which gave her eight children, who are grown up and independent. Four of her grandchildren live with her, and she raised them since they were born. They are 8, 10, 11, and 12 years old and they are all in school.

She works buying and selling fish. Every morning she leaves home and goes to the boats that come in from the sea. After they unload their cargo, she buys fish from the fishermen and brings them to sell all over town. She works every day from 5:00am until 3:00pm. She also cleans fish, which pays her a salary.

This loan will be used to purchase fish and bring it to be sold. She has been a member of the community bank for eight years, and she likes the benefits that she receives as part of the Espoir Foundation.

Her dream is to see her children become professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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