A loan of $1,000 helped buy merchandise.

Julia Catalina's story

Julia Catalina H. T. is 37. She lives with her husband and their three children in a community called El Saíno e Pital, which is located in the Alajuela province. The principal productive activities there are livestock and agriculture. Growing pineapple stands out because it is primarily sold in the international markets. For this reason, the development of the community has been growing in the last few years. This generates a larger demand for products and services, which helps mitigate the effect of immigration.

Julia has a beauty salon in her house. This way she helps her husband with the household expenses and their children’s expenses. Now, in order to increase her source of income she wishes to sell natural products. She will start selling in her beauty salon. She will also sell door to door in her community.

To do that, Julia wishes to get a loan for ¢585,000 (five hundred eighty five thousand colones) to buy merchandise and the products necessary to start her new project. She is very enthusiastic about starting. Little by little her business will grow in quality and quantity.

Julia is a member of the Women’s Communal Credit Union Luz del Futuro Saino, which is one of the 100 partner organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her second loan. She hopes to continue growing on a personal and economic level. Thanks to this type of organization and their methods of facilitating loans, she can spend more time on productive activities.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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