A loan of $1,175 helped products for the cultivation of ñampí.

Guiselle's story

Guiselle C. V. is a 43 year old woman, who lives with her husband and her two sons: Alexandra and Edgar. She lives in a community in Costa Rica called Abanico, located in San Isidro de Peñas Blancas, San Ramón in the Province of Alajuela. This is known as a tranquil community dedicated to productive activities such as agricultural, livestock-rearing and tourism. Giselle has a small piece of land in which she has sown different crops such as papaya and plantain, but on this occasion she wants to start a new project on a hectare of land which her son has lent her in order to grow ñampí, a tuber with an agreeable flavour and rich in nutrients, suitable for wide angoindustrial processing and in great demand in Costa Rica and other countries.

Currently, Giselle is asking for a loan of 670 000 colones for a period of 12 months, in order to help her with the preparation of the soil, purchasing seeds, fertilizers among other products which will be necessary in order to guarantee an optimal ñampí crop. With this investment she hopes to achieve a good harvest, with a product which has the necessary characteristics to obtain a high sale price. With this loan she wants to establish a successful project which will allow her to improve her family's conditions and in addition to invest in improving her house. Guiselle is a member of the Abanico Community Credit Company : one of the 100 EDESA social organizations in Costa rica. As a member she has received one micro-credit which has permitted her to expand as a businesswoman and gain in self-confidence.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer katy long

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