A loan of $250 helped to purchase snapper, lobster, mackerel and other fish for resale.

Lesbia Yamileth's story

Lesbia makes a living selling fish and seafood, and has worked in this trade for 15 years. She started her small business primarily for herself, selling all kinds of fish in the city center of San Rafael del Sur. She later had the opportunity to finance her business through a loan when a micro-finance officer visited her community of Masa Chapa. However, as a result of high interest rates, she did not continue with successive loans.

Presently, Lesbia travels around selling fish and other seafood items, and she has grown her customer base significantly over the years. Thanks to her hard work and with God's help, she has been able to acquire a freezer with a storage capacity of 500 lbs, which she uses to keep her merchandise cold and ready for sale and distribution. With the support from this loan, she plans to expand and improve her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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