A loan of $1,175 helped bUYING A SPECIAL SEWING MACHINE, CLOTH, THREAD, AND ACCESSORIES.


Gloria's story

Gloria is 52 years old and lives in the small rural community of La Esperanza, in San Jose de Upala, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica. The local economic activities include commerce, livestock raising (for meat and milk), and agriculture. She lives with her husband and two of her six children.

It has been a little over 5 years since Gloria started her clothes making business. She makes different types of garments which she later sells in businesses locally and in the surrounding areas. People also come to her house to buy them. Her micro-enterprise has improved her family's condition of life considerably.

At present, Gloria wishes to obtain a loan of $1,175 to buy a special sewing machine and materials such as cloth, thread, etc. With this investment she hopes to increase production and improve the quality of her products. She assures us that with this loan she can offer more and better options to her existing and potential customers.

Gloria is a member of La Esperanza Womens Community Credit organization, which specializes in helping non-professional women and women who head households. It is one of 100 organizations belonging to EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be Gloria's second loan and with it, she hopes to continue her personal and economic growth, as well as participate actively in her community's credit organization.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD



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