A loan of $1,200 helped purchase of equipment and materials.

Neva Linette's story

Neva Linette R. C. is 43 years old. She lives with her mother and her two children in a community called Coquital located in Los Chiles, Alajuela province. This community is in a mountainous region very close to the northern border of our country. The main economic activities are raising cattle and agriculture, specifically basic grains and oranges.

Neva has her own business. She opened a beauty salon recently and says it is going well. With the salon she supports her family and covers her living costs. She says that she provides her clients with very good service.

She says that it motivates her and makes her proud to have her own business and to offer her community a necessary service - considering that her community is not very centrally located and many residents have to travel to other locations for this type of service. She says that she works with great care, dedication, and discipline and therefore can see her business grow daily.

Neva requires a loan of 658.000 Colones to purchase a drier, a hair iron, a hair washing sink, and various products. She also will purchase construction materials to expand her shop.

She is part of the Empresa de Crédito Comunal Rapicrédito Progreso Futuro Coquital, one of the 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This is her first loan, and she hopes to grow personally and professionally as a micro-entrepreneur.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Michele Magrino

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