A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase shrimp, scallops and crab.

Catalina Del Carmen's story

The micro-entrepreneur Catalina del Carmen Gutiérrez G. is 35 years old, married, and has two children who are in school and also help her with her businesses.

For the past 12 years, Catalina has dedicated herself to selling dairy products (cheese and cream). With this business, she was able to get ahead with the household expenses.

In addition, this micro-entrepreneur who has a great spirit and desire to supersede, also has seafood business that she’s had for 2 years. For this enterprise, she purchased a small motorboat (cayuco) that she uses to visit the local fishermen to buy her products. Once she has accumulated a certain amount of seafood (she has a Thermos and freezer), she transports them to the capital where she has buyers. These include restaurant owners and hotels that offer these types of dishes.

This businesswoman has had six loans with ADEPHCA that she has paid back in full and on time. Currently, she is requesting her 2nd loan with Kiva. She cares for the seafood end of the business personally, while her daughter tends to the dairy side of things.

On this occasion, she requests a loan to purchase 300 pounds of shrimp at US $1.50 per pound, 20 gallons of scallops at US $7.50 per gallon, and 80 dozen crabs at US $5.00 per dozen.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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