A loan of $1,200 helped purchase pigs & improve the conditions raising them.


Marta's story

Marta González Velázquez is a 51 year old woman who lives with her husband and two children in a community called Santa Fe, which is located in Los Chiles, Alajuela Province. The community is situated in a mountainous area near the northern border of the country. The main economic activities are ranching and farming, with specific emphasis on the cultivation of grains, sugar cane, and oranges.


Doña Marta and her family have dedicated their entire lives to agriculture. She is especially interested in fattening pigs to sell. Doña Marta never had her own business and her situation motivated her to look for other sources of income to support her children with their studies and improve their quality of life.


She wants to obtain a microloan in the amount of 665,000 CRC to purchase more pigs and improve the infrastructure for raising them. With this loan she hopes to meet the demand for pork in her community. In doing so, she hopes to increase her business gradually so that she becomes a successful micro-entrepreneur.


Doña Marte is a member of the Manantial de Santa Fe Communal Credit Enterprise, one of 100 member organizations that make up EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her second loan and she hopes to improve her quality of life and that of her children. She says that these types of organizations motivate people to succeed and improve their position in life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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