A loan of $525 helped purchase spicy chile plants and farming needs.


Emilio's story

Emilio B. F. is 47 years old. He lives with his wife and their three children who are between 5 and 15 years old. They live in a small, rural community in Costa Rica named Las Delicias de Upala, located in the Alajuela province. There they develop activities such as trade, dual-purpose livestock breeding (meat and milk), and farming basic grains: rice, beans, maize, among others. Due to the few sources of employment offered in the community, Emilio is focused on venturing out as a small business entrepreneur in the agricultural area, specializing in the cultivation of spicy chillies to sell as much in his own community as in neighboring places. According to his criteria, there is an excellent market to sell as an intermediary or to the public directly. Emilio already has the kind of experience in taking care of and maintaining that is required for this type of crop since he has farmed chile previously. It has provided good results at distribution. As a result, he wishes to expand his farm since, thanks to this business, his family's quality of life has improved. At this time, Emilio is requesting a loan of 300,000 colones in order to help with the soil preparation and to purchase chile plants and fertilizers, among other inputs that are necessary to guarantee an optimal crop of chile. Emilio is a member of the Empresa de Credito Comunal Datraban, one of the 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be his second loan and, with it, he hopes to continue growing at a personal and economic level. In addition, he points out that thanks to this type of organization and through facilitators of credit, he is able to dedicate more time to productive activities.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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