A loan of $1,200 helped to make containers and labels for their fruit-based products.

Norma's story

Norma Hernández is a lady of 47 years that lives with her husband and 2 of their 4 children in a community of Costa Rica called Buena Vista de Rivas de Pérez Zeledón. This community is known for being located in the Valley of the General. Its main economic activities are stockbreeding, agriculture, tourism and commerce. The last two have grown to a large extent offering new work opportunities.

Approximately 10 years ago Doña Norma had the idea to start their own family business, which consisted of the agro-industry of fruits harvested in the area. Their products are already very well known in the community for their quality, besides which they offer different by-products such as juices, marmalades, and even yogurt.

At this time Doña Norma is requesting a loan of 666,000 colones to finance a project that consists of making containers and labels for their products. This project, besides serving to develope the business, follows the measures of sustainable development that characterize the zone.

Doña Norma is an associate of the Business of Communal Credit VISTABAN S.A., one of the 100 associated organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her seventh loan and with it she expects to continue growing on an economic and personal level. She also emphasizes that, thanks to this type of organization and their facilitating credit, she has been able to move her business ahead and become a successful micro-businesswoman.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer B Brown

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