A loan of $1,150 helped to buy merchandise like beans, meat and chicken.

Maria's story

Maria C. J., 58, is in a common law relationship and has 5 children, 38, 34, 31, 21, and 18 years old, who are her first priority. All of her children, except one daughter, are married and live in their own houses nearby. Maria has a small grocery store that she would like to see grow. She sells all kinds of foodstuffs but would like to diversify so has asked for a loan from FUDECOSUR. This is her third FUDECOSUR loan and she believes it will help her business grow. She likes FUDECOSUR's loans because she has had loans with the National Bank of Costa Rica and they have too many requirements. She is also a member of the FUDECOSUR committee so she is more trustful of FUDECOSUR than of traditional banks. She hopes to provide her family with a better and more stable future. She would like to see her youngest daughter study a profession.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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