A loan of $900 helped to buy fish, shrimp, scallops, crabs, and seafood.

Gema Asunción's story

The Mujeres de Lucha [Women of Struggle] Communal Bank meets twice a month in the parish of Picoaza in the city of Portoviejo. This place is known for being a commercial zone and for its traditional Saint Peter and Saint John festivals and for the happiness of its people.

We meet Gema here. She is twenty years old, single, and in her second semester of executive secretarial studies at the Technical University of Manabi. She lives with her parents. She and her father have a position in the Picoaza market where they sell all types of seafood such as fish, whole or by the pound, shrimps, scallops, and crabs and other varieties that people eat. They work every day from 6:00AM until 3:00PM. Her father buys everything early in the morning in the city of Manta as everything is cheaper there. She has been doing this for two years, but her father has about fifteen years of experience.

This loan is to buy fish, shrimp, scallops, crabs, and other varieties of seafood.

This is her third cycle with the communal bank and she likes it because the money she borrows allows her to earn enough in order to cover personal expenses and to study. Her dream is to complete her studies and become a good professional.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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