A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase a pig and repair the pig pen.


Ana Gabriela's story

Ana Gabriela is a 29-year-old mother of two who lives with her husband, children and a friend in her mother-in-law's house in Las Vegas del Tortuguero, located in Limón near the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Ana works on a farm owned by her mother-in-law. She is involved in the rearing and selling of pigs and chickens, and in catalogue sales. Her clients include neighbours and members of the larger community. An obstacle for Ana has been the water system which she uses to wash the pig pen. The pump and hoses often break down, making her task all the more difficult. This loan will be used to finance the purchase of one pig and to make reparations to the existing pig pen. Ana organizes her work day so that in the morning she tends to the animals, and in the afternoon she completes her household duties. Her main goal is to generate as much income as possible from pig, chicken and catalogue sales. She works so that (with the help of her husband) she will one day be able to move out of her mother-in-law´s house and into her own house.

The loan consultant that has been working with Ana describes her as an exceptionally hardworking mother. She undertakes her work with much enthusiasm because she has seen how the income she earns as a result of her productive activity contributes significantly to family well-being. Specifically, Ana has been able to make contributions to a savings account which she plans to use to finance the construction of a new house.



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