A loan of $1,075 helped supplies for hydroponic and organic agricultural farming.

Elibeth's story

Elibeth L. Z. is 50 years old and lives with her husband in a rural community in Costa Rica called Mollejones de Platanares, Pérez Zeledón. Mollejones is a community located 150 kilometers south of San José, the capital of Costa Rica. It is located at 850 meters above sea level. There people grow crops, coffee, and other activities such as raising beef cattle and pigs. There are also some organic agricultural projects and hydroponic agriculture. In addition to farming there are repair shops, a supermarket, small restaurants, and a furniture store in the community.

Elibeth is a beginning entrepreneur, with an established hydroponic and organic agriculture business, which little by little and with great effort has been growing. A little more than a year ago she took a class from the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA) (National Institute of Learning) about this topic, and with this she was able to improve her skills and be able to provide better products. She adds that with the help of her husband she has been able to be successful with the project, and in addition they are working towards an agreement between different associations to help women in rural areas sell and distribute their products in the most effective manner.

Today Elibeth wishes to ask for a loan for 600,000 colones to buy plastic, wood, rice charcoal, fertilizer, watering cans, and different supplies needed to optimally develop an active production of crops. With this she hopes that her microbusiness grows and generates income to improve her standard of living.

Elibeth is a member of the Communal Bank of Bancruce, one of the 100 EDESA member organizations in Costa Rica. As a member she has received a total of 3 microloans that have enabled her to grow as a woman, develop as a businesswoman, and take care of her home’s needs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cindy Kendall

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