A loan of $1,075 helped to buy nets and equipment.

Amalia Cecibel's story

Amalia is from Libertad and lives in that city with her family. She and her husband, Marcos, fish. They have two children who are 6 and 10 years old and attend public school.

At the age of 31, Amalia lives in a house that’s hers that only has water and electricity since it’s built on a hill that does not have paved roads. She learned to fish from her husband who taught her how and she does it to help him with the household economy since she did not find a job.

At the beginning she was afraid of the waves and the dangers inherent in this profession but as time went by she became accustomed to it. She likes the fresh air and she does not get seasick.

They work from Monday through Saturday from 5am until 11am and then take their catches to be sold. They only work these days because that’s when small vendors buy the most and they use Sundays to repair their nets.

Amalia’s and her husband’s greatest concern is robbers and pirates that steal the catches of fish, they steal motors and sometimes damage the boats which is why when her husband finishes the day’s work he gets help to store his motor at home because it’s new and he put in a lot of effort to acquire it.

She’s been fishing for 13 years and feels that she’s finally getting good results because she’s been able to fix up her house and to buy a new motor for the boat making it more comfortable. The loan she’s requesting is to buy nets because they are deteriorated and to make some improvements to the boat.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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