A loan of $1,100 helped to buy shrimp larvae and food.

Carmen Cecilia's story

The 1 de Diciembre communal bank meets every two weeks at the San Clemente resort. This place is well known because of its beautiful beaches that are visited by many national and foreign tourists alike. It offers a great diversity of beautiful places and a rich variety of traditional, regional dishes.

We met Carmen, 41, here. She’s married and has two children who are 18 and 13 years of age. Her eldest child has special needs and this is a very heavy burden for our friend. The youngest is in school and her husband’s a merchant.

Together with her husband she sells shrimp larvae. To do so, they have a laboratory where they grow and feed these larvae to later sell to shrimpers in the city. She relates to us that it’s quite a delicate process in that they purchase shrimp roe that they incubate in their laboratory to then feed and raise. When they reach a good stage of development they deliver them to various shrimpers in the city and nationwide. They work every day and have been in this business for 14 years.

This loan is to buy larvae and food so that they will grow well. She’s been in the communal bank for two years now and she likes it because the payments are easy to make. Her dream is to have a business of her own independent from her husband’s.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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