A loan of $600 helped buy fish wholesale.


Olga's story

Olga is 62 years old, is married, and has a son who is now grown. She has her own house where she lives with her husband. Olga's work consists of selling fish. She has a shop by the fishing docks in the city. She gets up very early to buy fish wholesale from the fishermen as they arrive with all the fish they've gotten. She selects the types of fish that are of highest demand among her customers, including harvestfish, catfish, and sardines. In addition, she stocks up on fish that aren't in such high demand but are available for good prices, including doncella and paiche. She always respects regulations regarding the season during which each fish can be fished. She buys her fish wholesale by the basket and sells it by the kilogram.

She has been doing this work for almost 42 years, approximately, and says that with this job she was able to feed and educate her son. She currently works alone and continues doing it because it is the only way of generating income for her home. What she likes about her job is that she has time in the afternoon to be able to be at home and rest, since she believes that working at her age isn't the same as when she was young. In addition, she has always been independent and has become used to getting by on her own.

At this time, she is asking for a loan of 1500 sols (US$600). She is very grateful for this loan opportunity that is being offered to her and for this financial support that she needs to keep going. With the loan, she will buy more fish that are in high demand by her customers, since during this time of year the consumption of certain species goes up.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick Bales


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