A loan of $1,325 helped to buy more pinchaguas (fish) and plastic containers.

Elsa Mariflor's story

Every two weeks, the members of the 'Nueva Generación' community bank meet in Crucita parish, in Portoviejo canton, in a place known as 'Los Arenales'. This place is known for its beautiful beaches, its wonderful food and the warmth of its people.

This is the place where 52 year old Elsa lives. She is in a common-law marriage, and they have four grown children. However, the youngest child still lives with her. Her husband is a fisherman.

She has a business of buying and selling “pinchaguas”. This is a type of fish that is much demand by individuals and by owners of “ceviche” (a dish made of raw fresh fish cooked by lots of lemon juice) businesses. They use her product to prepare delicious “ceviche de pinchaguas”, which her customers really enjoy.

She buys from the fisherman in Los Arenales. From there she takes charge of cleaning the fish and marinates them in lemon. She later delivers them in plastic containers to her customers. She works every day in the mornings, and she works as much on cleaning as delivering her products. She has been engaged in this business activity, which leaves her very good earnings, for over five years.

This loan is to buy more pinchaguas and plastic containers. Our friend has been in the communal bank for over two years. She likes it because the group is like a big family.

Her dreams are to get ahead and to have good health.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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