A loan of $550 helped to buy fish.


Azucena Margarita's story

The members of the “Crucita” communal bank meet in Portoviejo Canton’s Crucita Parish. This location is known for the beautiful beaches that surround it that are very popular with national and foreign tourists. It is called “Crucita la Bella” (Crucita the Beautiful).

We met Azucena, 67, here. She’s married and has six children who are already adults but two still live with her. One of her daughters that still lives with her is married and has a small daughter who is our friend’s joy. Her husband’s a fisherman.

She is a fish merchant. Every morning while her husband is out to sea she heads out to the shore to buy her products from the boats that return from the open sea to the beaches and takes them to sell throughout the community; she also sells to merchants that take the fish to other cantons. She works every day from 5am until 3pm. She also works cleaning fish and earns a salary for doing this.

This loan is to buy fish to sell. She’s been in the communal bank for over 8 years and she likes it because of the benefits she gets from Foundation Espier. Her dream is to continue forward and to enjoy good health.

She appears in the photo with her little granddaughter.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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