A loan of $1,100 helped to buy chickens, animal feed and fishing supplies.

Jessica Jenny's story

In the Crucita Parish of Portoviejo Canton we find a place known as Los Arenales, where every 15 days the members of the communal bank "Fe y Esperanza" hold a meeting. This location is well known for its beautiful beaches, its gastronomy and the warmth of its people.

This is where 31-year-old Jessica lives, with her common-law husband and their three children, aged 12, 9 and 2. The eldest are in school. Her husband is a fisherman.

She raises pigs and chickens and has a small farm at home. Periodically, she buys 100 to 200 chickens which she feeds for three months getting them ready for sale to stores around where she lives. She also uses part of the loan for her husband's business. He is a fisherman and requires supplies for his work. He has been in the business for 14 years and it is going well.

This new loan will be used to buy more chickens, animal feed and fishing supplies. She has been in the communal bank for over two years and is the acting Treasurer of the group. She is content because of all the help she has received.

Her goal is to own a boat so her husband can go out and fish.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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