A loan of $550 helped to buy seafood.

Maira Everida's story

The Virgen de Guadalupe communal bank meets every two weeks in the city of Charapoto. This location is known for its traditional culture and for being just a few minutes away from two of the province’s best beaches: San Jacinto and San Clemente.

This is where we met Maira, 34. She’s in a common law relationship and has five children who are 13, 12 (twins), 9 and 5 years of age. The two oldest are in high school and the two youngest are in elementary school. One of her children is disabled. Her husband is a merchant.

She works at the beach. She has a few tables where she cleans the fish that arrives in the small fishing boats while her husband buys and sells sea food. He goes out daily at dawn to the nearby beaches to buy his products which he then takes to Chone to deliver or sell retail to customers he has in that canton.

This loan is to buy seafood so that her husband can take for his daily sales. She’s been in the communal bank since its beginning two cycles ago and she is the bank Secretary. She likes it because the loans are granted without so many requirements.

Her dreams are to have a house of her own in a secure place because she lives very near the beach and this isn’t very safe.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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