A loan of $1,200 helped vehicle repair.

Mario Alonso's story

Mario Alonso M. Ramirez is 45 years old and lives with his wife and two children in a community called San Ramon de Santa Teresita de Turrialba, in the province of Cartago. It is a small rural community. Its residents primarily work in producing milk, growing coffee and plantains, and raising pigs. The area has an irregular landscape and the majority is a tropical forest.

For the past 10 years, Mario has worked in transportation; specifically he sells and distributes merchandise all around Cartago. He relates that thanks to his work he has been able to progress and take care of his family.

Due to so much movement in his truck, it has had various problems and isn't in great condition; this is why Mario is seeking a $1200 loan to repair it and to buy the necessary parts for his truck. If his truck isn't in good shape, he can't carry out his work.

Mario is a member of the Ramonenses Agricultural Producers Association, one of the 100 partnership organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be his second loan with which he hopes to improve his standard of living and actively participate in the credit organization in his community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Scott Crandall

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