A loan of $900 helped to buy more fish for sale.

Cristhian José's story

The Aníbal San André communal bank meets every 15 days in the Montecristi (Portoviejo) Canton, which is well known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its nationally and internationally recognized artisanship. It is famous for its straw hats. This is where Cristhian lives. He is a very hardworking young man, age 20 and single. He hopes to continue working in order to someday be able to start his own family.

He sells fish, making runs around the city on his own tricycle cart, which he acquired with one of the loans that he took out through the communal bank. He works between three and four days a week from 5:00 am to 2:00 in the afternoon. He goes down to the city of Manta to buy fish straight from the fishermen on the coast. He has been in this business for two years and it's going well enough for him. On his off days, he does masonry work. He will use this loan to buy more fish for sale. This is his fifth loan with Fundación ESPOIR [Kiva field partner], which he appreciates it for the help it provides through its loans.

His dreams are to keep on growing his business and in his personal life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jacob Bintliff

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