A loan of $1,575 helped to buy nets, gasoline, and a motor.

Wilson Ricardo's story

Wilson has lived in Libertad since he was born 28 years ago. A short time ago he acquired his own home in an area that has water and electricity. There's no sewer or paved street, but he's not giving up hope that at some point the authorities will finish this project. He lives with his wife Bélgica, who is a teacher's assistant in a home day care in Monteverde, an area near Libertad known among tourists for its beaches and gastronomy.

Wilson works in the shellfish business. He owes this profession to his father, who taught him the job and gave him his first boat. He tells us that it was little and a bit run down; but he doesn't complain because it is very useful. Currently he has two craft in which he fishes with his brother, one of fiber and one with a motor. He works from 5 in the morning until 9.

Wilson tells us that, incredibly, in this century there are pirates who rob the catch and the motors from the boats, creating considerable losses. He hopes not to have this problem in the coming years.

With the loan he will buy nets by the meter, gasoline, and a motor to be able to use for parts. With this he hopes to improve his machines and increase his production, because his family depends on him.

His dream for the future is to be able to finish the second story of his house so his children will be more comfortable.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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