A loan of $1,175 helped purchase supplies & pay for labor to harvest bananas.

Ismenia's story

Ismenia M. G. is 61 years old and lives in the small rural Costa Rican community of La Esperanza, located in San José of Upala, Alajuela Province. The main business activities for this area are cattle breeding (both meat and dairy) and agriculture. She lives with one of her four children.

Doña Ismenia is a banana farmer. She says the demand for her product is very high. Thanks to her business, her living conditions have improved considerably and she has also grown as a person who has gained much knowledge through experience. It has also helped her increase her self-esteem and financial security.

Doña Ismenia is currently requesting a microloan in the amount of 680,000 colones to pay for labor during the harvest season. She will also purchase fertilizers and other supplies. She hopes that this investment will result in a good harvest so that she can command a good price for her product.

Doña Ismenia is a member of La Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Mujeres (the Women’s Communal Credit Union) in La Esperanza, which supports women entrepreneurs and heads of households. This institution is one of 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This is Doña Ismenia’s sixth loan and she hopes to continue growing personally and financially. She will also continue participating in the local credit organization in her community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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