A loan of $800 helped purchase supplies for cultivating grain.

Mirna's story

Mirna Ordoñez B. is 39 years old and lives with two of her four children. The community where she resides is called Canalete and is located in the province of Alajuela. This region is a semi-mountainous area where the main business activities are agriculture and livestock breeding. It is a community that has great opportunity for development and establishment of micro-enterprises in both agribusiness and commercial trade.

Doña Mirna has been involved in agriculture for more than 18 years, specifically the cultivation of basic grains. She says the market of these products is very good because they are staples that are consumed throughout Costa Rica. Thanks to her business, her living conditions have improved considerably. Mirna also claims that she has grown as a person and has acquired much knowledge.

At the moment, she is requesting a microloan of 450,000 colones in order to increase her plantings slightly. Doña Mirna will also pay for maintenance and purchase fertilizers, seeds, and other supplies. Through this investment, she expects a good harvest and hopes her output will command a high market price.

Doña Mirna is a member of the Community Credit Enterprise of Canalete, one of 100 partner organizations that make up EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her fourth loan and she hopes to continue growing personally and financially. She is an active participant of her local credit organization.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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