A loan of $1,000 helped to establish the tilapia business and purchase chickens to fatten. She will diversify her business to lessen the risks.

María Lucia's story

María Lucia



The member has been in this business for about 5 months. She had land and the basic infrastructure but then there was a flood.
Maria Lucia is a very energetic woman who wants to start up new projects to improve the economic situation for her immediate family. She is 75, head of the household, and takes care of her 95 year old mother who is blind, and a son who is retired because of disability. He helps taking care of the house and the tilapia. She has raised her children and grandchildren and has been a widow for some years.
With everyone’s help she had training and started a business with 500 tilapias. They built tanks and bought the necessary equipment. Before the fish grew they built another tank and also since this was the final phase, they wanted to cement it and improve the growing conditions for better quality fish. She was going to do this with the last loan but the weather destroyed part of the advance. Now she has the tanks fixed again and she needs the capital to buy the fish. She will complement this business by buying chickens to fatten.

Conditions: the property has land to develop this business. She lives in a busy neighborhood and there is a potential market. Also a daughter has a general store where she sells the fish. She is an older woman with great energy and desire to work as an example of rising again with dignity.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio

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