A loan of $875 helped to stock her retail clothing business and buy fish for her husband's fish sales business.

Irene Rosario's story

The Y community bank meets twice a month in San Jacinto. The area is known for its beautiful beaches that attract nationals and foreigners alike. The diverse landscapes around the town and the local food are other draws.
Sra. Irene, 25, and her husband have two children, 6- and 3-years old, respectively. The oldest of the two children is now in school.
Doña Irene is a housewife and works part-time to make an income of her own and to help her husband with family expenses. She has a retail clothing business, going door to door to meet her customers. Her husband is a fisherman and has a business buying and selling fish. He buys fish from other fishermen, cleans the fish and sells them on to wholesalers who distribute them around the country. Their work is hard, but honest.
Doña Irene will use part of this loan to buy clothing for resale and the rest to buy fish for her husband's fish-sales business. This will be her first loan and she likes that she can secure it so quickly. For the future, she wants a store of her own.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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