A loan of $2,025 helped to buy new fish nets for her shrimp and fishing business.

Vilma's story

Vilma is 44 years old and lives with her companion and daughters on the Island of Chira in the Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas province. She is a worker with ample experience in the fishing industry, as a member of the Association of Women Seeders of Pianguas [a local shellfish] of Chira. And she has her own business selling fish and shrimp in the zone. The business has enabled Vilma to help her daughters study to become professionals. In addition, together with her companion, she has generated employment in a zone where it has been limited. They have also managed to generate income to maintain their family and by this means, to help other families on the Island of Chira.

With experience in fishing, and by means of the local Piangua project, Vilma began her business. Over time, and using her earnings, Vilma has bought fishing equipment. On the present occasion, she wishes to replace her fishing nets.

Vilma's activity has a working period of 9 months out of the year, given the current restrictions (a prohibition against fishing, allowing the species to recuperate) in the Gulf of Nicoya. In the present situation, a grace period of 1 month is granted. She has 4 fishermen, plus her own boat, bringing in the fish and shrimp which she sells at the collection center in the Colorado de Abangares zone, where the chain of her business is completed.

Vilma's micro-enterprise works with a team that manages fishing around the Island of Chira. There are 4 marketers of their products at this single collection center where the shrimp and fish are received, and a competitive market price is obtained. There is no selling to intermediaries. Among their goals is to install a collection center on the island proper and thus, help more families obtain sustenance. It is recommended that assistance be provided for this activity, since the necessary conditions are available to generate employment, permitting many people on Chira Island to provide for their necessities and help the children in their studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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