Total loan: $1,200


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Alajuela, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica / Agriculture

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A loan helped Purchase seeds, fertilizers, and other supplies for growing cassava.

Carmen's story

Carmen S. G. is 30 years old and lives with her husband and two children in the community of Hernández located in Los Chiles, Alajuela Province. This community is in a mountainous area that has grand vistas and experiences great humidity. It is on the road that is closest to the northern border of the country. The principal economic activities of the region are livestock breeding and agriculture, specifically the cultivation of basic grains, tubers, and oranges.

Doña Carmen has farmland on which she has been growing cassava for approximately the past year. The cassava is a tuber that is rich in nutrients and has a pleasant flavor. It is processed for a wide variety of uses and has great demand in Costa Rica as well as from other countries.

Doña Carmen is currently requesting a loan of 668,000 colones to increase her crop yield and prepare her land for planting. She will purchase seeds, fertilizers, and other supplies necessary to ensure optimum conditions for growing cassava. With this investment, she hopes for a good harvest since cassava continues to sell at a high price.

Doña Carmen is a member of the United Community Credit Enterprise for Development, one of the 100 partner organizations affiliated with EDESA in Costa Rica. This is her first loan and she hopes to grow personally and financially. She would like to offer her thanks to these types of organizations and credit facilitators that enable her to devote more time to productive activities.

Translated from Spanish by Ronan Reodica, Kiva Volunteer