A loan of $1,100 helped buy rope, nets, fuel, and food.

Martha Irene's story

Village bank Estrella De Belén meets every fifteen days in the neighborhood of Santa Marianita in the city of Manta, known for its beautiful beaches that are visited year-round by both foreign and national tourists. In this city the majority of inhabitants are fishermen or involved in other jobs related to the sea.

Martha is 52 years old, married, and has four children ages 26, 24, 22, and 20 years old, two of whom live in her house and study at the University. Her husband is a fisherman. She is a founding member of the village bank and likes it because the loans are always available on time and when she needs them.

She is a great housewife who wants the loan so her husband can have the necessary resources to do a good job at work. For his work, her husband goes out to see with other people on a small boat to fish and doesn't return for fifteen days after which he has collected the fruits of the sea. Once back on the beach he sells her products to wholesalers who distribute the fish all over the province. She says her husband has been doing this job all of his life and thanks to God he has always done well on his trips.

This loan is to buy nets, ropes, fuel, and food for the days he is on the high sea. Her dream is to have a large boat for her husband to be more successful at work and for her children to become successful professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catherine Coffman

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