For Deodoro, fishing has always been a part of his life. His grandfather was a fisherman, his father was a fisherman, and now he is a fisherman.
There wasn’t really a consideration of doing something outside of fishing. It’s something he has always enjoyed doing, but business hasn’t always been good. Some years were good and some were a struggle. Four years ago, Deodoro’s wife, Amelia, discussed getting a loan from VisionFund Philippines to help increase their capital, hire workers from the community, and help weather the storms of bad fishing seasons.
Deodoro agreed and they took out a loan. Since taking out a loan, their business and profits have increased allowing them to send two of their kids to school. Their third child, Aime, who had already attended college, now works for VisionFund Philippines. Deodoro and Amelia had a great relationship with VisionFund Philippines and as soon as the right job opened up Aime was able to apply and got the job.
Deodoro has a heart for his community and gives back whenever he can. Many of the men are hired as fisherman for Deodoro and most of their kids see him as a grandfather. Not only is Deodoro sending his kids to school, his business is now helping other kids in the community go to school because their fathers are employed and have steady incomes.