A loan of $875 helped to buy fish.

Rosa Esdrina's story

Credit group María Auxiliadora meets in the parish of La Sequita, which belongs to Montecristi canton, a prosperous canton in Manabí known for being the birthplace of “Old Warrior” Eloy Alfaro and for the famous Panama hats which are appreciated both inside and outside the country.

Rosa lives in this place. She is 59 years old and she is married with 11 children of legal age. The youngest is studying at high school. Three of Rosa’s children still live at home with her. Her husband is a businessman.

Rosa is a great woman who is taking out loans so that her husband can invest them in his business. He makes a living by selling fish. He goes through the streets of the city of Manta in a tricycle. He works every day and he goes to the beaches of Manta in the early hours of the morning in order to buy the best fish for his customers and then he spends his time selling the fish from his tricycle. He has done this for more than 30 years and, thanks to this activity, they have never lacked anything at home.

Rosa is going to use this loan to buy fish. She has been part of the communal bank for more than 11 years and she likes it because of the help they give her to get ahead in life.

Her dream is to buy a car so that her husband can move around with greater ease.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eloise Minogue

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