A loan of $1,700 helped to buy fish.

Irene Gissela's story

The "Virgen Del Rosario" communal bank meets every two weeks in the Colorado area of Montecristi canton, known for its rich pre-colonial culture, and for its crafts, recognized at the national and international level. Here, the majority of the inhabitants work making tagua buttons, in crafts, and in commerce in general.

Here we met Irene, who is 28, married, and has three children, ages 9, 5 and the youngest,1 month. The two eldest go to school. Her husband is a laborer.

Our friend is a very good mother and wife, who in order to earn something and with this help her husband with the household expenses, makes and sells fish meal. She works Monday to Friday making this product.

She tells us that she travels to Manta to buy the fish that is not used in the processing of tuna, to then transport it to her home and process it until it becomes fish meal, which she then delivers to merchants that export it overseas, where this product is used a great deal. She has been doing this for more than ten years, and it has gone well.

This loan is to buy fish for making fish meal. She has been in the communal bank for six loan cycles, and likes it because of the help they give her with the loans.

Her dream is to have a large plant, so that she can export these products herself.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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