A loan of $1,200 helped to buy spare parts for his truck.

Carlos Luis's story

Carlos Luis C. S. is a 62 year-old man who lives with his wife and his son in a community called Canalete, which is located in Upala in the Alajuela province. It is a semi-mountainous area where the economic activities are centered on agriculture, primarily in livestock. It is a community with a great potential for development and the establishment of small businesses, as much in agribusiness as in trade.

Carlos has worked in the transportation sector for more than 15 years. He drives around the community delivering merchandise with his truck. His working days are long and tiring, but he says that he is thankful that he can continue to advance and to support his family.

Owing to the many miles he has put on his truck, it has suffered different damages and is not in very good condition. Carlos needs a loan of ¢675,000 (six hundred seventy-five thousand colones) to repair the truck and to buy the parts for his vehicle, since he cannot work effectively with the truck in its current condition.

Carlos is a member of the Canalete communal bank, which is one of the 100 organizations that are part of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be his first loan and with it he hopes to continue to grow both personally and economically and, in addition, to participate actively in the credit organization in his community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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