A loan of $1,200 helped build an infrastructure for a machine to wash potatoes.

Rocio's story

Roció N. Cerdas, age 31, lives with her husband and two children in a rural community in Costa Rica. The community is located 45 kilometers to the south of San José, and it is called San Cristóbal Norte.

San Cristóbal is an area that is a bit mountainous, and the people engage in activities such as commerce; growing vegetables, coffee, and others; handicrafts; livestock; and many other activities.

Roció has devoted her entire life to planting and selling agricultural products, especially tubers like potatoes and yucca. These products are consumed a lot in this area and around the country. With the business, Roció and her family have generated the resources to have a better quality of life.

She assures us that in time her business has been growing in such a way that the demand is greater than her production capacity. That is why she is requesting a loan for 617,000 colones. This is to build a structure that will support the machine to wash the potatoes, which they also need to finance with the loan. This will speed up the washing process, and their production will be more effective.

Roció is a member of the Business of Communal Credit San Cristóbal Norte (SACRIN), one of the 100 associated organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. She has had five loans, and she has paid them back responsibly.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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