A loan of $1,200 helped for double purpose cattle.

Carlos Jose's story

Carlos A. Mena, 36, lives with his son in a community called Hernández which is located in Los Chiles, Alajuela province. This community is notable for being a mountainous area with vast scenery; it is quite humid and is situated along the highway that runs very close to the country’s northern border. Its main commercial activities are cattle-raising and farming, specifically basic grains, tubers and oranges.

Carlos has raised cattle since he was a young man; this is how he has supported his family. He has been in this project for several years now so he has learned everything about the care it needs and he’s had all the adequate training. He says that he is very proud because he has witnessed his gradual progress.

Carlos would like a 654.000 colon loan to buy more calves so that his business may grow because he wants to be a successful micro entreprneur in order to help his family get ahead and provide his parents, who are of very advanced age, with better living conditions.

Carlos is a member of the “Unidos por un Desarrollo” (United for Development) communal bank, one of EDESA’s 100 member organizations in Costa Rica. This will be his 1st loan and he hopes to grow both personally and economically with it. He is very grateful to the people who make this type of project possible.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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