A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase food, gas, nets and other fishing materials.

María Narciza's story

The members of the communal bank "Banco Comunal Crucita" meet in the Crucita Parish of the city of Portoviejo. It is known for the beautiful beaches that surround the area and are visited by Ecuadoran tourists and foreigners alike. It is known by the name “Crucita la Bella” (Crucita the Beautiful).

This is where we meet Señora María. She is 55 years old and has had seven children with her partner. Six of her children are grown and the youngest is 16 years old; she goes to school. Three of her children still live with her. Her husband makes his living as a fisherman.

Señora María is a housewife who takes care of the loans to help her husband. He makes his living via the task of fishing. Our friend tells us that her husband and the other local fisherman go out to the high seas for two or three days at a time. They then come back to the coast bringing the product of their hard work. And that is when our friend starts her work of cleaning the fish to bring to sell around the area. The majority, however, is given to traders who distribute the fish in other cities. They have been in this business for more than 30 years, and it has served to support their family.

This loan is for the purchase of food, gas, nets and other fishing necessities. Señora María has been with the communal bank for 6 years, and she likes it for the help she gets from the loans.

Her dream is to have a car so they can bring their products to other cities themselves.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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