A loan of $1,075 helped to buy fish to sell.

María's story

The José Cesario Reyes Communal Bank meets every fortnight in Montecristi Canton, a place known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its crafts that are famous both nationally and internationally; here is where the famous straw hats come from.

This is where María lives. She is 40 years old, she is married and she has four children aged 20, 17, 14 and 12. All of her children live at home, and two go to school. Her husband is a retailer.

María is requesting a loan in order to help her husband, who is a fishmonger. He travels around their town to sell his products with a three-wheel bike that he owns. He buys fish in the morning in the town of Manta form fishermen coming to the beaches of said town. He has been engaging in this activity for about 11 years, and tanks to this job he has succeeded in providing for their family.

The loan she is requesting will be used to buy fish to sell on a daily basis. She is a founding member of her Communal Bank and she likes it because of the support has received through the loans, as they have helped her getting ahead.

She dreams of buys a van to reach further areas where to sell their products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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