A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fish.


Irene Gissela's story

Virgen del Rosario Communal Bank meets every two weeks in Colorado, in Montecristi Canton, known for its rich precolonial culture and its nationally and internationally recognized arts and crafts. The majority of the residents here earn a living making buttons of tagua nuts, making handicrafts, and in commerce in general.

Irene, 29, lives here. She's married and has three children from this relationship, ages 10, 6, and 1. The two older ones attend school. Her husband is a laborer.

Irene's a very good mother and wife who works making and selling fish meal to earn something to help her husband with the household expenses. She works Monday through Friday making this product. She goes to Manta to buy the part of the tuna that isn't used, then takes it to her house to process the fish meal. She later delivers the product to merchants who export it abroad where it's used a lot. She has been in this business for more than 10 years and it's going well for her.

This loan is to buy fish to make meal. She has been in the communal bank for three years and likes it because of the help they get with the loans.

Her dream is to have a big factory to be able to export her products herself.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall


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