A loan of $1,000 helped to buy more fish.

Carmen's story

Carmen is 52 years old and she got as far as the third grade in school. She is single: she and her husband separated 16 years ago and each followed different paths. She kept her four children and has been fighting since then to support them. Currently only two of her children live with her, as the other two have their own homes.

She works selling fish in the canton where she is from. She has been doing this work since she was very young; her mother taught it to her. She also has another job taking care of a young boy in the house of a neighbor who lives in the same community as she does. To do this work she travels about five kilometers each day, and one of her daughters takes charge of selling in the business.

She is requesting a loan through the Fundación Campo to buy more fish, because she wants to open a stall in the community market so she doesn't have to travel so far from her home to sell it. The loan will improve her life, as she will be able to avoid going so far and exposing herself to crime and other dangers.

Her dream is to have her own business and to build her house in one place, from a better material, as it is currently of mixed materials. For her family, her dream is for her daughter who is in school to get a university degree, graduate, and achieve her goals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Meravi

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