A loan of $550 helped to buy nets, boats, and motors.

Julio Fautino's story

The gentle breeze coming from Lake Cocibolca and the rich smell of Vigoron (a traditional dish made of cabbage) are the gateway to the majestic city of Granada, where Julio lives. He is 60 years old, and is a native of Diriomo, one of the "white towns" around Granada (known for the traditional whitewash used on their buildings). He has excellent moral values and ethics.

Julio started out delighting people with his handicrafts. Now, for 7 and half years, he has been working as a fisherman. He is married and is the father of 3 children who are already grown and independent. He has been having great success with his fishing business, using a very practical distribution channel. His next goal is to acquire a new motor so that he can work more efficiently and obtain more products to satisfy the needs of more potential customers.

Julio is requesting a new loan to buy new nets, boats and motors so that he can build his business into a chain of seafood production at the national level. He expects that this loan will be a great help in building this fishing supply chain. For the future, he plans to take out more excellent quality products from the lake to export to other countries in Central America.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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