Cynthia Icot has managed a fish vending business for many years to help support her family. She started her business by purchasing fish from local fisherman to sell at the marketplace and eventually earned enough to purchase her own boat. Now, her husband fishes each day and Cynthia sells his catches at the market to provide for their four children. Although her business has grown from its meager beginnings, Cynthia struggled to earn enough to give her children a quality education while also meeting her family’s daily needs.
Everything began to change when Cynthia’s friend encouraged her to join Opportunity International. She joined a Trust Group where she received valuable financial training and a loan, which she used to purchase additional fish to sell alongside her husband’s daily catches. She is confident that this will increase her profits and make it easier for her to pay her children’s school fees on top of her family’s other expenses. Cynthia also hired two employees to assist her husband on the boat, creating jobs for her neighbors and giving them the chance to provide for their own families.