The Fisherman

When you live on a floating island made of reeds in the middle of Lake Titicaca, you do whatever it takes to put food on the table. The reed islands of Lake Titicaca are man-made, which means that the layers of reeds that make up the ground need to be constantly maintained and replenished as they erode in the water. Villagers like Jorge Vilca Charca work to do this together.

He is 61 and has lived there his whole life. While he’s the head fisherman for the five families that live on his island, Jorge and his wife make a living producing handicrafts to sell to tourists. With a small loan from Accion Partner Credinka, Jorge has been able to purchase materials in bulk and make larger quantities of handicrafts, increasing his profits.