A loan of $550 helped to purchase crates of salted fish and crates of tuna.

Bastella's story

This lady is 25 years old and married with two children aged between 18 months and 5 years old. She has sold salted fish since 2007 and this trade enables her to see to her young daughter's education. She trades from 8am until 4pm at the market and has an active and varied customer base, as salted fish is a popular delicacy in the area. This loan will enable her to improve the quality of her business by purchasing two crates of salted fish, 2 crates of tuna and 2 crates of cod. She always picks the best fish for her display.

In order to grow the business she sells her wares at competitive prices to attract customers - she is an astute businesswoman.

She is renowned as a strong woman in her quarter and at the market; she works tirelessly for her children's education and quality of life, and is hoping to send them abroad for some schooling.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Danielle Treharne

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