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Claudia Alejandrina's story

Claudia Alejandrina O. is a 50 year old woman, who lives in a small rural community in Costa Rica called Las Delicias de Upala, located in the Alajuela province. Here she works in such activities as trade, breeding for two purposes (meat and milk), and planting basic grains: rice, beans, corn, among other things.
Doña Claudia set up her business, a grocery store in order to sell commodities to her neighbors out of her own home. Her objective is to have a regular, profitable business that will help to improve her quality of life. She says that to have her business in her own home where she doesn't have to pay rent or build a different facility has helped her business to succeed.

Right now she needs a loan of ¢684.000 (six hundred, eighty thousand and four colones) in order to buy merchandise to sell, to expand her business and to provide a better service to her neighbors. Specifically, she will buy basic groceries such as rice, beans, vegetables, canned goods, soft drinks, soap, and everything related to basic needs of Costa Ricans living in rural areas. Mrs. Claudia says that the service she provides is very important and there isn't another small grocery store in that area; moreover, there will be a school opening very soon nearby and because of this she is expecting more customers.

Mrs. Claudia is a member of the Communtiy Credit Corporation Datraban, one of the 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her second loan and she is hoping to continue to grow on both a personal and economic level. She also notes that thanks to these types of organizations and loan facilitators, she can dedicate more time to productive activities.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Erin Hopkins

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