A loan of $900 helped a freezer to store dairy products.

Amalia's story

Amalia Lopez Gomez, 40, lives in Los Tijos de Upala in the "provincia" of Alajuela. It's a rural community, relatively spread out, in a semi-mountainous region of Costa Rica. The main economic activity of the community is agriculture: growing basic grains and raising small stocks of animals.

A little more than two years ago, Amalia set herself up as a micro-entrepeneur, with a small business producing milk and dairy products such as cream and cheese. She lives with her four children who have helped support the household and her little business. They help with the marketing of the business's products as well as producing them.

She says that she is very pleased with the business because it's built her confidence and served as a source of income for improving her life despite the problems that the community faces. All that and the business has succeeded in keeping her family together, too.

Amalia now needs a C500,000 (five-hundred thousand colones) loan that she will use to buy a freezer to store cheese and other products, siding and bags of cement to construct a more appropriate building for the cows and to make her products. With this investment, she hopes to be able to increase her production and improve the quality of her products and, in turn, increase the family income.

Amalia is a member of the Los Tijos community credit organization, one of EDESA's 100 partners in Costa Rica. As a member, she has received 5 micro-loans that have allowed her to grow as an entrepeneur and helped her to tend to the needs of her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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