A loan of $900 helped purchase a milking cow.

Carmen's story

Carmen F. R. is 52 years old. She lives with her husband and their son in a community called El Sauce in Santa Teresita de Turrialba, Province of Cartago. This is a small rural community with around two thousand people. They are work producing milk and growing coffee. It has an irregular terrain and a lot of it is maintained as humid tropical forest. The community has traditional landscapes that mix with the tropical forest, with two nice lagoons, coffee plantations and milk factories. El Sauce is located about an hour and a half from Turrialba, the closest commercial center. However, several times a year, the road is closed due to the heavy rain in the area. This is without a doubt one of the main challenges of the community.
When there was nothing to do in town, a lot of people decided to go to Turrialba for work or to banana farms in the Atlantic coast in Costa Rica. Right now, coffee and milk prices have improves, so the neighbors are looking for ways to invest their money in the area and avoid migrations.
Due to this situation, two years ago, a cheese manufacturing company was installed in her community for the El Sauce’s Milk Producer’s Association. This motivated her to begin producing milk to resell it to the plant.
This time, Carmen would like to get a ¢500.00 loan (five hundred colones) to purchase a milking cow and start her own business. She wants to be a successful entrepreneur to help her family. This motivates her to make sacrifices and work hard.

Carmen is a member of the El Sauce Farmers Association, one of the 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be his ninth loan. She hopes to continue growing at a personal level and financial level. She also believes it’s important to mention that thanks to these type of organizations she is able to devote more time to productive activities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jimena Lopez

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