A loan of $1,000 helped to buy a fishing net and to repair the roof of his house.

Delvin Elías's story

Delvin is 29 years old and has two small children who are not yet old enough to go to school. His wife works in the home, and also raises backyard birds, with which she earns some income to help her husband with the household expenses. There are only 4 people living in the house: the couple and their two children. No one else depends on him. Delvin's business is selling fresh fish, which he catches in a lagoon close to where he lives. He supports his family with this activity, which he has been doing for 10 years. This is the best source of income in the area where he lives, so he learned how to do all the activities that are necessary for fishing starting when he was 10 years old. He went out with his friends and his father to fish in the lagoon, and grew up fishing. This was why when it came time to support his family he decided to devote himself fully to this activity. Although his main activity has always been fishing, he also grows basic grains, but only for personal consumption. The lagoon where he catches fish is 2 kilometers from his house, which is quite close. Only his brother works with him. He works at this activity 4 days a week, going out at 5 in the afternoon and returning the following afternoon with the fish. Sometimes he also goes out in the early morning due to certain conditions that make his work difficult. The money from this loan will be used to buy a net, which is being sold at an acceptable price, and also to improve the ones that he already has. He would also like to make improvements to the roof of his house to provide better conditions for his family. One of the main dreams of the client is to grow his fishing business and have better opportunities to sell his products in the national market. He would also like to see his children become professionals in the future, and one of his goals is to help them as much as he can so that they grow up in better conditions.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lorna Gladman

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