A loan of $900 helped to buy fish.

Gina Patricia's story

The Bienestar y Progreso (Well-Being and Progress) communal bank meets every two weeks in Colorado in the canton of Montecristi, known for its rich precolonial culture and for its handcrafts that are recognized at a national and international level. It is the home of the famous Panama hats.

Gina, 37 years old, lives here. She is married and she and her husband have a 10-year-old son who goes to school. Her husband has a fish meal factory.

Gina is a great housewife who is taking out the loan in order to help her husband so that he can use it in his factory. With the help of several people, he processes the fish and turns it into meal. Once processed, it will be delivered to certain warehouses in the city of Manta, where it is exported to other countries. For her part, Gina sells clothing of all kinds, both in her home and at her shop. She has had her business for two years and her husband has had his for much longer.

This loan is for her husband to buy fish to make the fish meal. She has been in the communal bank for 2 years, and she likes it because she started her business with the loan.

Her dream is to give her son the best.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Karen Monat

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