A loan of $1,000 helped to buy shellfish, fish, lobsters, crabs, and shrimp.

Johana Estefania's story

Johana is 22 years old, married, and has one child. She previously devoted herself to doing household chores, but when she got married, she went to go live at her mother-in-law's house. Her mother-in-law taught her the business that she was in for 30 years. Today Johana has been in the business of selling seafood for a year and a half. She is already knowledgeable about what types of seafood sell the most, their names, their average prices, when certain seafood is in season, and how it should be prepared.

All of the merchandise is sold from her house, since that is where her business is located. She has the advantage of living near the beach, where almost all of the fishermen are her neighbors. They are the ones responsible for distributing the fish throughout the area in order to be sold.

Johana is requesting a loan from Fundación Campo in order to buy shellfish, fish, lobsters, crabs, and most of all, shrimp since it is in high demand and very expensive. This investment will provide her with sufficient funds to expand her sales, but most of all, she will be able to buy shrimp and lobsters. Johana desires to be independent, but up to now, she has worked alongside her mother-in-law. This loan will open up opportunities for her to start her own business.

Her wish is to live in her own home in the same area and manage her business with the intention of making it grow.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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