Teach a Man to Fish


The clean water from Francisco’s well has increased the rate of breeding and the quality of his fish.

About two years ago, Francisco Nuñez had an idea to start a fish breeding business. This was unheard of in his Dominican Republic community, but he was unfazed by skeptics.

He started his business by gathering used water bottles, old buckets, and even discarded refrigerators. He carried them home by strapping them to his back and pedaling his bike. To others, it seemed he was collecting trash. To Francisco, these were perfect materials for fish tanks and exactly what he needed to build a business.

Francisco filled his containers with local river water and began his breeding program. The fish were not breeding as fast as they should, and Francisco realized it was because the river water was not clean enough.

That's when Francisco decided he needed a loan so he could drill a well for fresh water. World Vision’s microfinance organization, VisionFund, wasn't the first organization he asked for a loan, but it was the first to say “yes” to his project.

Francisco had no credit, very little income, a family to feed, and a crazy business idea. But VisionFund took the risk and gave him a loan of $1,100 to drill a well at his home.

"I was given an opportunity by VisionFund that no one else would give me. They took a leap of faith with my dream and me," says Francisco.

The clean water from Francisco’s well has increased the rate of breeding and the quality of his fish. He’s developed a good local market for Betta fish, and he also ships many of his prized fish to large cities in the Dominican Republic. Francisco's dream of multiplying fish has come true.

Photo credit: 2013 Jon Snyder/World Vision

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