A loan of $1,200 helped purchase cows.

María Del Carmen's story

Carmen G. C. is 55 years old and lives with her husband in a small Costa Rican rural community called Las Delicias de Upala, which is in the province of Alajuela. There she farms dual-purpose animals (cows can be used for meat and milk) and cultivates basic grains such as rice, beans, corn, etc.

For many years, Carmen and her husband have worked at this dual-purpose farming. They sell their products to their neighbors, who are very satisfied with the quality of the products offered. In this particular case, the demand is greater than what they can supply.

Thanks to this business, Carmen's life and the lives of her family members have improved greatly, so Carmen is now requesting a loan of 685,000 colones to purchase two more cows and a bull in order to increase production. She understands that more cows mean more time providing attention and care. All the same, she wants to be a successful micro-businesswoman and improve living conditions for herself and her family, which motivates her to work so hard.

Carmen is a member of the Empresa de Credito Communal Datraban, one of the 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her first loan, and with it she hopes to continue growing personally and economically. Also of note is that thanks to this type of organization and other loan providers, she can dedicate more time to productive activities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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