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Carlos Jose
Carlos A. Mena, 36, lives with his son in a community called Hernández which is located in Los Chiles, Alajuela province. This community is notable for being a mountainous area with vast scenery; it is quite humid and is situated along the highway that runs very close to the country’s northern border. Its main commercial activities are cattle-raising and farming, specifically basic grains, tubers and oranges.

Carlos has raised cattle since he was a young man; this is how he has supported his family. He has been in this project for several years now so he has learned everything about the care it needs and he’s had all the adequate training. He says that he is very proud because he has witnessed his gradual progress.

Carlos would like a 654.000 colon loan to buy more calves so that his business may grow because he wants to be a successful micro entreprneur in order to help his family get ahead and provide his parents, who are of very advanced age, with better living conditions.

Carlos is a member of the “Unidos por un Desarrollo” (United for Development) communal bank, one of EDESA’s 100 member organizations in Costa Rica. This will be his 1st loan and he hopes to grow both personally and economically with it. He is very grateful to the people who make this type of project possible.
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Carlos A. Mena es un señor de 36 años de edad la cual vive con su hijo en una comunidad llamada Hernández localizada en Los Chiles, provincia de Alajuela; está comunidad se destaca por ser una zona montañosa con grandes paisajes, presenta una gran humedad y además se encuentra sobre la carretera muy cerca de la frontera norte de nuestro país. Sus principales actividades económicas son la ganadería y la agricultura específicamente se da la siembra de granos básicos, tubérculos y naranja.

Desde muy joven don Carlos se ha dedicado a la ganadería, de esta forma ha mantenido a su familia. Comenta que tiene ya muchos años de estar en este proyecto por lo que ha podido experimentar todos los cuidados que demanda y la instrucción adecuada. Dice que se siente muy orgulloso ya que ha visto como poco a poco ha salido adelante.

Don Carlos desea obtener un micro crédito de ¢654,000 (seiscientos cincuenta y cuatro mil colones) para comprar más terneros y poder hacer crecer su negocio ya que desea ser un microempresario exitoso y así poder ayudar a que su familia siga adelante y ofrecerle a sus padres quienes se encuentran ya muy ancianos las mejores condiciones de vida

Don Carlos es socio de la Empresa de Crédito Comunal Unidos por un Desarrollo, una de las 100 organizaciones socias de EDESA en Costa Rica. Este será su primer préstamo y con él espera crecer más a nivel personal y económico. Esta muy agradecido con las personas que hacen posible este tipo de proyectos.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

As a small and relatively young MFI located in Costa Rica, EDESA has difficulty attracting other sources of capital. Many other microfinance funders do not work in Costa Rica, because overall the country is too rich. However, organizations such as EDESA work with extremely marginalized populations in Costa Rica that really need the access to capital that EDESA provides. By funding EDESA, Kiva lenders are allowing the organization to grow and reach more people than they otherwise would be able to reach.

About Costa Rica

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 7
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $3,978,825
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 545.0
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Carlos Jose for double purpose cattle.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Irregularly
Disbursed:
Jun 4, 2010
Listed
May 25, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Feb 18, 2012