A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fish.

Nereliz Maricela's story

Every 15 days, the Damas de Agua Fría communal bank meets in Ayacucho district, in Santa Ana canton, a place well known for its beautiful freshwater baths, which are a great tourist attraction to the canton and province.

Sra. Nereliz lives here. She is 42 and lives with her common-law husband with whom she has two children, 20 and 19 years of age. Both still live at home. Her husband is a tradesman. This is the second loan cycle for the communal bank. Sra. Nereliz is chair of the group and is pleased about the benefits the bank provides.

Our friend is taking out a loan for her husband’s business which is the sale of fish. She works every day, since she sells from her house Monday to Thursday and at a site in the Ayacucho market from Friday to Sunday. She sells either whole fish or by the pound. Her husband buys the fish everyday at dawn in Manta. They have been running this business for 8 years and it has given them the wherewithal to live an honest life.

This loan is to buy fish for daily sale.

Their dreams are to have a car in order to buy fish with greater convenience.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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