Eva, 53, leads Arrecifes de Kino, a cooperative engaged in sustainable pen shell fishing.
Pen shells live buried in sandy bottoms of the Gulf of California and are harvested by divers for their abductor muscles or scallops known as “callo de hacha”. Pen shell divers use a type of hookah compressor, hooks, and a small boat (panga) equipped with an outboard motor. The fishing season lasts the whole year round, but the best months are from October to June.
Eva is asking for 80,000 pesos to use as working capital during the high season. She will use part of the loan to pay native Seri fishermen for the scallops they harvest.
COBI (cobi.org.mx), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of marine biodiversity in coastal communities of Mexico, has trained Arrecifes de Kino to engage in responsible and sustainable fishing.
With this loan, Eva will increase the revenues of Arrecifes de Kino, while contributing to the conservation of the Canal de Infiernillo, and thus setting an example for other groups that sustainable fishing can also be profitable.
Today we sent Eva, $25 to help on her quest. As she was only $425 from her goal, others also helped, so now Eva's loan is full funded: http://www.kiva.org/lend/975869
We used only money that had been paid back on loans given earlier..so the circle of B2B Entrepreneurism keeps on growing businesses.
There are many other dedicated people with dreams and goals...so if you have a little extra that you would like to invest in others, see some here: http://www.kiva.org/lend