A loan of $1,200 helped expansion and purchase of materials for pastry store.

Cristina's story

Cristina R. G. is a 42-year-old lady and a resident of a rural Costa Rican community called San Cristóbal Norte, located 45 kilometers south of San José. San Cristóbal is a slightly mountainous zone where commerce, farming of many crops including vegetables and coffee, craftwork, ranching, and many other activities take place. Cristina lives with her husband and their four children.

Cristina started her business approximately 4 years ago. She has a small store where she sells pastries and tamales, along with other foods. She says her products are well-received in her community because they are very good and of high quality. She also says that she is very happy to be able to have her own business and that, thanks to this project, her living conditions and her family's conditions have gotten considerably better, and she says as well that she has grown as a person and has learned a lot.

Cristina is now asking for a microloan of ¢656,000 (six hundred fifty-six thousand colones), to expand her store and buy different materials that are necessary for making her products. With this loan she hopes to increase her production in order to attract more customers, offer better service and make her business grow more and become a successful microbusiness.

Cristina is a member of the Empresa de Crédito Comunal San Cristóbal Norte (SACRIN), one of EDESA's 100 member organizations in Costa Rica. She has received 5 microloans and has paid them responsibly.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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