A loan of $675 helped to buy fish.

Grace Eulalia's story

The community bank Bankito Super meets fortnightly in the citadel of the city of Portoviejo, known as the City of Los Reales Tamarindos since colonial times.

Here we meet Grace, 37, who is married with three daughters aged 18, 16 and 11. The youngest two go to school and the eldest has finished school and is hoping to start university very soon. Grace's husband is a trader. As well as a good housewife, she also does some housework at a house in the city. She is requesting the loan for her husband, who sells fish in a market stall from Tuesday to Sunday. He works from 4am to 6pm, and he goes to the market or to the beaches in Manta to buy the fish very early so he has the best produce to offer his customers. She says that depending on the season the sales can be very good, although they decrease out of season. He has been in this line of business for three years and the business is going quite well.

The loan is to buy fish to sell in the market. She has been with the community bank for 3 cycles and she enjoys it because with the loans she can help her husband and her family.

Her dream is to see her daughters have a career.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alba Sort

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