A loan of $825 helped to buy fish.

Enrique Tomás's story

The María Monserrate Communal Bank meets every two weeks in the city of Montecristi. It is known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its handicrafts, which are recognized on a national and international level. The famous Panama hats are from this place.

This is where we meet Enrique, age 56. He is married and has three children; all of them are grown. Two of them still live with him. His wife is a great housewife.

In order to get his family ahead he sells fish. In order to do so every day at daybreak he goes to the beaches in the city of Manta. That is where he buys the best fish from the fishermen who come to this place. He then takes his products all over the city of Montecristi and places that are nearby. He makes his sales in a car that his father lends him so that he can earn a living. He has been in this business for 20 years. This is how he has always put food on the table so that his family does not lack anything.

He is getting another loan because he needs to buy much more fish for the daily sales. His sales are increasing, and therefore his income is as well. With the sales he has improved his financial situation and the well-being of his family. He has been in his communal bank for three years. He likes it because of the help he gets from the bank.

His dream is to buy a car in order to make his sales using his own transportation.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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