A loan of $3,550 helped a member to buy fish and shellfish.

Los Girasoles Del Algodonal Group's story

The Los Girasoles del Algodonal group was formed many years ago. Juana is one of the long-standing members. She is 47 years old. Her six children were always her main impulse to continue working. This is why she shares her household work with her job.

She has a stall for selling fish and shellfish in a fish market. She has been working in this business for 20 years. Some of the products she sells are anchovy, squid, scad, mackerel, mahi-mahi, scallops, etc.

She will always be grateful to a friend who encouraged her to work and taught her everything about fish products. The seasons of greatest demand are the holidays because people eat these foods then. Her work is maintaining her home and being a big help to her husband, above all for their children's studies. They also have improved their home, which makes them more comfortable.

Later she wants to start another type of business in which she can work with her children. What she wants is a juice bar, but this will be in the future. For now, with her loan she is going to buy fish and shellfish wholesale and at a lower price. This way she will supply herself for the coming holidays.

* Juana is the first of the women who are standing, behind the seated woman in the yellow blouse.

In this group: Juana, Dora, Apolonia Marina, Doris Alejandrina, Susana Julissa, Rosita Esther, Elsa*, Ana Miryam, Vilma, Cirila
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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