A loan of $900 helped comprar una vaca lechera.


Roxana María's story

Roxana V. F. is a young lady, 25 years of age, who lives with her husband and two children. The community where they live is called El Sauce de Santa Teresita de Turrialba, in Cartago Province.
It's a small rural community of some 2,000 residents. The townspeople work at producing milk and growing coffee.
The area has a varied terrain and much of the land is preserved as tropical rain forest. The community has very picturesque scenery which combines tropical forest with two beautiful lagoons, coffee plantations and dairy farms. El Sauce is located about 90 minutes by bus from the nearest commercial center, Turrialba. However, at various times of the year the road is impassable due to the flooding that afflicts the area. This is without a doubt one of the principal challenges for the community.
When there was nothing to do, many people decided to leave to look for work in Turrialba or in the banana plantations located in the Atlantic zone of Costa Rica. Currently the prices for coffee and milk have improved and therefore the locals are looking to invest in projects in this area so as to avoid having to migrate.
Doña Roxana works at producing milk and cheese as a way of generating income for her family. She say she is very satisfied because thanks to this project she has been able to get ahead and help her husband with the expenses for their household and the children.
The cheese from the region where she lives, José Eduardo, is famous throughout Costa Rica. It is a "queso fresco" (fresh cheese) which is traditionally known as Turrialba-style. Ticos, as Costa Ricans are called, love to consume this product and it is found on the table as an accompaniment to all types of food. For this reason the market for this product is quite good.
Doña Roxana would like to obtain a micro-credit loan of 500,000 Colons in order to buy another milk cow so as to increase milk production. She knows that having another cow is a great sacrifice and will require more work. However, the desire to be a successful small businesswoman and to get started improving her family's living conditions motivates her to exert herself with great care and dedication.
Doña Roxana is a client of the Producers' Association of El Sauce, a member organization of EDESA Micro-Finance. This will be her first loan and she hopes to continue growing both personally and economically.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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