A loan of $375 helped to buy nets.

Epifanio Rufino's story

Epifanio is a hardworking, enthusiastic man who despite being 54 years old still has the spirit of a 20 year old. He’s the father of three children who he had to raise alone because having lost his wife he became both father and mother to them. Despite going through this sorrow and still feeling his wife and companion’s absence in his heart, with much valor and sacrifice he started to work even harder every day so that his children could get ahead and to show them that even though sad or bad things can happen to us one has to continue because life goes on and above all because even though his wife was no longer physically by their side she would always be in their hearts.

Epifanio is a fisherman, an occupation he likes very much although he would have liked to study Fishing Engineering. He is a good fisherman thanks to the experience he has in the sea. He works from 2 in the afternoon until 6 in the morning. It’s hard work but Epifanio likes it very much above all because his father taught him this occupation.

Epifanio is very grateful to Kiva lenders because thanks to the help they’ve given him he will be able to buy nets to fish with since the ones he has now are torn and sometimes he can’t fish very well because of that. With this improvement he will fish much better and have more product to offer which will improve his income. He will thus continue striving every day to make his great dream a reality: “To have a boat of his own.”

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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