Pedro's story

Pedro is a 42-year-old man who lives with his wife and their 4 children in a community called Caño Negro (Black Cane), located in Los Chiles, Alajuela province. This community is known for being mountainous and very close to the northern frontier of our country. Its principal economic activities are cattle raising and agriculture; specifically, basic grains, sugar cane, and oranges.

Pedro has been dedicated to agriculture all his life, but in recent years, he has specialized in fattening pigs. He says that this has gone well but for lack of resources, he hasn't been able to expand his business.

He wishes to obtain a micro loan for 666,000 colons to buy more pigs and to improve conditions of care and infrastructure. With this loan he hopes to supply the demand for pork that exists in his community, buying more pigs and improving the conditions of care. In this manner, he assures that his business will grow and thus, he can improve his own economic condition.

Pedro is a member of the Empresa de Crédito Comunal (Communal Credit Enterprise) Emcrecoba, one of the 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be his 3rd loan and he assures us that past loans have helped greatly to carry out his projects.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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