A loan of $1,200 helped to buy pigs.

Francis's story

Francis J. M. is a young 21 year old woman who lives with her husband in Hernández, a community located in Los Chiles, in the province of Alajuela. This area stands out for being a mountainous area with great landscapes and a lot of humidity. It’s situated near the highway located near the northern border of the country. The primary economic activities are ranching and farming of primarily basic grains, tubers and oranges.

For the last six months, Francis has been raising pigs. She sells her products to community neighbors who seem to be very satisfied with the quality of the products. She mentions that since she started this project she has felt very happy since her business is growing every day.

Francis is requesting a loan of ¢ 670,000 colones to buy more pigs as well as to buy food and other supplies needed for this project as well as to buy materials to improve the animals’ shelter if possible. With this investment, she hopes her micro business will get stronger and grow more, attract more clients and offer them better products. All of this will help her quality of life and the quality of life of her family.

Francis is a member of “por un Desarrollo” Community Credit Enterprise, one of EDESA’s 100 member organizations in Costa Rica. This will be her first loan and she hopes to grow more at both a personal and an economic level. She also stresses that she is thankful for this organization and the way it facilitates loans so she can dedicate more time to productive activities.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lauren Jackson

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