A loan of $1,000 helped to buy more fish and shrimp.

Julio Cesar's story

Julio, 48, lives with his life companion. He’s been selling seafood for the last two years. He and his life companion decided to go into this business together because of the need to earn income to subsist. Julio and his life companion buy fish and shrimp in one of the country’s ports every week. They prepare their coolers with enough ice and place 50 pounds of shrimp and 50 pounds of fish in them. They buy directly from the fishermen so they earn a good profit margin.

He is asking Fundación Campo for a loan to buy larger amounts of fish and shrimp because they sell it quickly and at a good price because they’ve staked out a market in the north of the country where fish and shrimp are scarce. To go sell there they take up to three buses with their merchandise and it takes an entire day to sell their merchandise.

Julio sees the seafood selling business as quite a good source of income but at the same time it requires much sacrifice so he plans to save up some of the income he earns to be able to buy himself a car to have his own means of transportation and sell his seafood faster.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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