A loan of $1,100 helped to buy rope, nets and other fishing materials.

Rosa Estrella's story

Every fifteen days the communal bank, Bankito La Y, meets at the San Jacinto beach in Sucre Canton. This location is known for its beautiful beaches which are visited by many national and foreign tourists. It offers a diversity of lovely attractions and a rich variety of regional dishes.

This is where Rosa, 53, lives. She is married and has four adult children who are independent. Two grandchildren, ages 12 and 3, have lived with her since they were born and are like her own children to her. The eldest one goes to school. Her husband is a fisherman.

In order to earn her own income and help her husband cover household expenses, Rosa supplies fishing materials, such as rope, wire, nets, etc., to the fishermen in the area and her husband. She has been in business for 15 years, and it is going well for her.

This loan will be used to buy rope, nets and other fishing materials. She has been a member of the communal bank since its beginning, and likes the help and benefits she receives from it.

Her goal is to get ahead in both her business and family life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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