A loan of $900 helped purchase of 5 cows.


Sonia's story

Sonia M. S. is 36 years old and lives in a small Costa Rican rural community named Cuatro Bocas de Upala, which is located in the Alajuela province. It is known for its commerce, raising cattle for both beef and dairy and agriculture. She lives with her two children and her husband. For many years now, Doña Sonia has been dedicated to raising cattle for the production of both beef and dairy. She sells her goods to the neighbors in her community, who are very satisfied with the quality of the products she offers. Doña Sonia attributes the improved living conditions that she and her family have enjoyed to the progress of her business. Currently, Doña Sonia is requesting a loan of 500,000 colones so she may purchase 5 cows and increase her production. She realizes that having more cows means more sacrifice and hard work. However, her desire to be a successful entrepreneur is what drives her dedication and efforts. Doña Sonia is a member of Empresa de Crédito Communal Bansuperafe, which is made up only of women, as it specialty is supporting non-professional women and female heads of households. It is one of the 100 organizations that make up EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her third loan, with which she expects to continue her personal and economic growth, as well as actively participating in her community’s credit organization.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maya Wisnievitz



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