A loan of $1,200 helped to buy raw materials for pineapple farming.

Franklin Alberto's story

Franklin Alberto M. S., 24, lives with his mother and two younger siblings in a small community called La Trinchera de Pital, which is in Alajuela province. Its main productive activities are farming and cattle-raising. The main crop is pineapple, which is primarily exported. For this reason, the community has been growing in the last few years, thereby creating greater demand for its products as well as more employment opportunities.

Most of the household expenses are Franklin’s responsibility. In order to meet them, he has gone into pineapple farming. He tells us that his uncles eased him into this line of work so he has quite a bit of experience in pineapple growing. He also tells us that the project has had good results at sales time so he would like to enlarge his fields because, thanks to this work, his family’s quality of life has improved considerably.

Franklin is asking for 657,000 colones to buy rows of pineapple, as well as other needed supplies to maintain and care for his crops, so that his efforts will be rewarded with a bountiful harvest.

Franklin is a member of the Mujeres al Éxito de la Trinchera de Pital communal bank, one of EDESA’s 100 member organizations in Costa Rica. This will be his first loan and he hopes it will help him continue to grow personally and economically and to participate actively in his community’s credit organization.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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