A loan of $1,150 helped materials for garment making.

Ana Isabel's story

Ana Isabel A. Fernandez is a 35 year old lady living in a rural community of Costa Rica called Abanico, located in San Isidro de Penas Blancas, San Ramon, Province of Alajuela. It is known as a quiet community, dedicated to productive activities such as farming, cattle raising and tourism. Her family includes herself, her husband and four children; Alejandro, Gustavo, Kevin and Sebastian.

For the last 9 years, Ana Isabel has dedicated her time to sewing, she says that she has been able to do this thanks to a course that she took in the National Training Institute (INA) and since that time this has been her work. She makes a variety of garments which she then sells in businesses in the community and surrounding areas, or directly out of her home. Her business has tremendously improved the living conditions of her family. She adds that she feels useful and happy when she finishes a garment, because it gives her much satisfaction to present to a customer a product that is as they want. The ability to provide good service to people and fulfill their requirements are the reasons her business is a success

Mrs. A. is currently needing a loan of 650.000 colones for the purchase of materials, such as cloth, thread, lace among others, for the making of all classes of garments. Thanks to this loan, she will be able to attract more customers, offer better alternatives and considerably improve the quality of her products.

Ana Isabel is part of the Community Credit Company of Abanico, one of the 100 partner organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. As a member she has received a total of 3 micro-loans, for the amounts of 100.000, 250.000 and 500.000 colones, which have allowed her to develop as a small businesswoman, due to her using them to purchase business assets.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Bobbit

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