A loan of $900 helped sewing machine and material.

Nidia's story

Nidia C. M., 54, lives with her husband and three children; Ivania, Esteban, Miguel, and another adult. She lives in the Mollejones de Platanares Pérez Zeledón rural community in Costa Rica. The Mollejones community is located 150km south of San José, the capital of Costa Rica, at 850m above sea level. Some local farmers grow vegetables and coffee while others raise pigs, among other activities. There are also some organic farming and hydroponic vegetable projects. Apart from agriculture, the community has auto shops, a supermarket, small restaurants and a furniture store.

Fifteen years ago Nidia started her business of making clothes. She makes different types of clothing that she later sells in and around the community. Some customers come to her house. Her micro business has helped considerably to improve her family’s living conditions.

Nidia needs a loan of $900 (500,000 CRC) to buy a special sewing machine and materials like fabric, thread, etc. With this investment she hopes to be able to increase her production and improve the quality of her products. Thanks to this loan she will be able to offer her current and future customers greater options.

Nidia is parte of the Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Bancruce, one of the 100 organizations associated with EDESA in Costa Rica. As a member she has received 4 micro loans that have allowed her to grow as a business woman and to be able to take care of her household necessities. She successfully repaid all of her loans.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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