A loan of $400 helped to buy nets, fishing line and traps for fishing.

Cacilda's story

Cacilda is 37 years old, a driven and hard working woman who is also friendly and happy. She lives with Gerardo who makes a living as a fisherman and is the father of her three children: Gerardo is 16, Derly is 13 and Beldyt is 10 years old. For their children he works hard to get ahead. They live together in their own house that she bought with the help of her partner.

Cacilda fishes on her own and carries fresh fish to the ports of her neighborhood to then sell to merchants. She fishes in the tributaries of rivers, channels and lagoons each week. She provides her customers with friendly and attentive service so that they continue to consume her products. She began more than 20 years ago with her own capital and continues with her partner and children's help. She considers her business to be pretty profitable because she has made a good living and is able to sell all the fish that she offers. Before beginning this business she suffered from many troubles because of the scarcity of employment and the minor need of having a trade. She searched to generate her own income to support the household expenses.

Now as she has obtained more income she hopes to grow and harvest papayas. This is a business that appears to her to be profitable. This will be her fourth loan with MFP. With this loan she expects collaboration so that she can finalize her plans. In addition to being pleased with her communal bank, she is also happy for the support brought to those with businesses. She considers her group to be united and supportive.

With the amount requested of 1000 nuevos soles she will invest in the purchase of basic items for her fishing trips and the fishing materials including nets, fishing lines and traps. She will save a portion of her income to use as working capital some day for the business that she is proposing.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gina Cappuccitti

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