A loan of $1,200 helped chickens, food, pens.


Marlene's story

Marlene Sánchez Quiroz is a 42-year-old woman who lives with her husband and 4 children, in a rural Costa Rican community called Abanico, located in San Isidro de Penas Blancas, San Ramon, in the Alajuela province. It is known as a friendly and peaceful community dedicated to productive activities such as agriculture, livestock and tourism.
For several years Marlene has raised chickens to fatten them up, and laying hens for meat and egg production. She sells her products to her neighbours, who are very satisfied. She says that having the support and help of her husband has helped her to continue with this project. She also says that this work is very interesting since she has seen her business grow little by little and the demand is greater every time.
Marlene is now requesting a microloan of 629 000 colones for the purchase of more chickens and hens; concentrate and products for the treatment of illnesses; and also to expand and reinforce her location. With this, she hopes to make her business grow more and to improve her quality of life. Her business is going well but a lack of money has stopped its further growth. With the requested loan she hopes to increase her sales and to thus improve her family's economic condition.
Marlene is part of the Credito Communal de Abanico Group, one of the 100 partner organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her first loan and she says that she is very happy and grateful for the development opportunity offered by these groups to her and her community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper



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