A loan of $675 helped to purchase food, gas, nets and other fishing materials.

Laura Monserrate's story

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

This is the place where we meet Señora Laura. She is 46 years old, married and with her husband had four children. Three of their children are grown. The youngest is 13 years old and goes to school. Three of her children still live with her. Her husband makes his living as a fisherman.

Señora Laura is a homemaker who takes care of the loans to help her husband. He makes his living fishing and selling the fruits of the sea. He works every day. Some days, he and the other fisherman don't go out to sea until late in the day and then don't come back until the following morning. There our friend waits for him to disembark to begin her work cleaning the fish. They then sell the fish to the tradesmen who come to the beach. They bring their purchased fish to markets in other cities. Señora Laura and her husband have been in this business for over 20 years. It has gone well for them since, thank goodness, they always are successful in the fishing.

This loan is for the purchase of food, gas, nets and other fishing necessities. Señora Laura has been in the communal bank for 9 years, and she likes it because the loans have helped her to get ahead.

Her dream is to continue getting ahead and to enjoy good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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