A loan of $1,200 helped buying seeds and paying transport costs.

Jose's story

Jose Luis M. is 55 years old. He lives with his wife and two daughters in a community named San Ramón de Santa Teresita de Turrialba, in the Cartago province. It is a small rural community whose members work in milk production, agriculture (primarily coffee and bananas), and the raising of pigs. It has an irregular coast, and much of its terrain is a humid tropical forest.

Jose works in agriculture, specifically fruit and vegetable cultivation like plaintains, bananas and citrus. He says the market for these products is very good. Thanks to this project, he says his quality of life has improved considerably. He also says he has grown as a person and has acquired a lot of knowledge.

Currently, Jose wants a micro-loan of ¢605,000 (six hundred and five thousand colones) to increase his plantation with a hectare of plantains and maintain it. Additionally, he wants to buy fertilizers among other input costs. With this loan, Jose plans to have a good harvest with produce that will obtain a high sale price, so he can increase production.

Mr. Jose Luis is a member of the Association of Agricultural Producers of San Ramón, one of the 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be his third loan, and with it, he hopes to continue growing personally and economically and to participate actively in his community's loan organization.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lydia Brantley

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