A loan of $1,200 helped to buy fishing nets and to repair his roof.

Jose Adan's story

José Adán, 23, is married and has two small children. José Adán works as a fisherman in a lake near his house. José Adán learned this occupation from his father who taught him.

José Adán goes out to fish every day. During the summer he enters the lagoon at 7am and returns at 5pm. During the rainy season he enters the lagoon at 9pm and returns home at 7am the next day. José Adán fishes tilapia, catfish, shrimp and snapper, among others. When he comes out of the lagoon his mother is waiting for him to receive the catch and go out to sell it in the community on foot.

Because of the torrential rains that fell on El Salvador in the middle of last October, José Adán has been unable to go fish for the last 18 days. The rain which did not stop for ten straight days caused the lagoon to overflow and part of José Adán community was flooded displacing many from their homes. José Adán is anxiously waiting for the water level to drop the next few days so that he can return to fishing.

José Adán is asking Fundación Campo for a loan to buy a pair of fishing nests and also to repair the roof on his house. José Adán has another loan with Fundación Campo which he is repaying satisfactorily. With help from the from the loan José Adán will have better work tools and will be able to prevent water from coming in through the roof of his house.

In the future, José Adán would like to buy a vehicle to go out to sell his fish so that his mother won’t have to do it on foot any longer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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