A loan of $1,050 helped to purchase fuel, nets, lanyards and food for the trip.

Regina Despertina's story

In the district of Crucita in the region of Portoviejo we find a place known as Los Arenales. It is where the members of the communal bank named "Faith and Hope" meet every two weeks. It is known for its beautiful beaches, its food, and the welcoming population.

Here we meet Regina. She is 30 years old and she is married common-law. She has two children, aged 13 and 10 and they are both in school. Her husband is a fisherman.

She helps her husband with her loans and by cleaning the fish when they arrive on the beaches of her community. She says that her husband sets out at the break of dawn and he comes back in the afternoon. That is when our friend goes into action and she starts to clean the fish which she later sells to the merchants who come to the beach for the fish. They take the products to the large companies in the city of Manta. They work five days per week and they have been in the business for 12 years.

She will use this loan to purchase fishing materials such as fuel, nets, lanyards, and food for the trips. She has been with her communal bank for 2 years and she is the secretary of the bank. She enjoys it because it is a very organized group.

Her dream is to have a car to distribute the products directly to the companies.

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