A loan of $1,200 helped purchase inputs & supplies for growing papaya.

María De Los Ángeles's story

María de los Ángeles V. Muñoz is 51 years old and a resident of Los Tijos de Upala, which is located in Alajuela province. She lives with her husband and two children. Her rural community lies within the semi-mountainous topography of Costa Rica in Central America. The main industry in the community is centered on agriculture, especially the cultivation of grains, and livestock breeding to a lesser extent.

For two years, Doña María has been cultivating papayas. She says she has enough experience in the care and maintenance of this type of crop. She has a small area designated for planting papaya and has achieved very good results harvesting and distributing her crops in previous seasons. Therefore, she wants to expand her plantation. Thanks to the success of her business, the quality of life for her family has improved considerably.

At the moment, Doña María is requesting a microloan of 680,000 colones to buy fertilizers, seeds, and different supplies in order to maintain and promote the growth of her crop with hopes of being rewarded by a good harvest.

Doña María is a member of the Community Credit Enterprise of Los Tijos, one of 100 partner organizations that make up EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her second loan and says that she hopes to continue growing as a micro-entrepreneur and move her business forward. She also thanks these types of organizations and credit facilitators who enable her to spend more time on productive activities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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