A loan of $350 helped buy a sewing machine & materials.

Mary's story

Mary C. Núñez is a 50 year old woman. She is a resident of the Costa Rican rural community of San Cristóbal Norte, located 45 kilometers south of San José. San Cristóbal is a slightly mountainous area where you will find different types of businesses such as vegetable farms, coffee plantations, arts & crafts, livestock farms and more. Doña Mary lives with her husband and their two children.

For 15 years, Doña Mary has been in the tailoring business, making primarily woolen garments. She sews different types of clothing and then sells them to businesses in the community and the surrounding areas. Some pieces are even sold from her home. Her microbusiness has helped improve her family’s living conditions considerably. She says her business is successful because of her ability to provide good service to everyone and meet their demands.

Doña Mary now requires a loan of 200,000 colones ($350 USD) to buy a special sewing machine and materials such as fabrics, threads, etc. With this investment, she expects to increase production and improve output quality. She claims that through this loan she will attract more customers, offering better choices and high-quality products.

Doña Mary is a member of the Community Credit Corporation of San Cristobal Norte (SACRIN), one of the 100 partner organizations affiliated with EDESA in Costa Rica. She has received 20 microloans and paid them all responsibly.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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