A loan of $1,175 helped buy three cows.


Melania Isabel's story

Melania Isabel C. F. is 67. She lives in San José de Upala, a small rural community in Costa Rica, which is located in the Alajuela province. The community activities are business, dual purpose livestock (meat and milk), and agriculture.

Mealnia is a widow with three children. The children are grown and do not live with her, but they do help with different expenses. Melania works in milk production. Specifically, she produces cheese made from milk and other milk derivatives. She sells to her community and to neighboring places. She feels there is an excellent market selling to intermediaries or directly to the public.

Melania feels that thanks to the progress of this project, her living conditions have improved a lot. She also says that since the start of her business her self esteem has improved. She now feels very capable. She has grown a lot on a personal and professional level.

Melania is a member of the Women’s Communal Credit Union La Esperanza. Its members are only women because they specialize in helping women who are not professionals and heads of households. It is one of the 100 organizations partnered with EDESA in Costa Rica.

This is her sixth loan. She hopes to continue growing on and personal and economic level with the loan. She also plans to actively participate in the credit organization in her community.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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