A loan of $1,200 helped purchase five cows.


Keila's story

Keila H. García is a young woman who is 25 years old. She lives with her husband in a community called Hernández, which is in Los Chiles, Alajuela province. This community is noted for its mountains, great landscapes, and high humidity; in addition, it is on the road very close to the northern border of our country. Major economic activities are ranching and agriculture. Specifically, they grow basic grains, tubers and oranges.

Since she was a girl, Keila rose every day at 4:30 in the morning to milk the family cows because dairy farming has always been a part of her life. She assures us that there is plenty of demand in her community for the milk of her cows, and, indeed, her parents used dairy farming to support their family. Now, Kelia wishes to have her own business, and with more cows, she would be able to increase production and take advantage of her experience and skill.

For this reason, Kelia wishes to obtain a small loan of 641,000 colones ($1,200), with which she will buy five more cows and expand her business. She hopes that this expansion will allow her to buy the small house of her dreams.

Kelia is a member of the Empresa de Crédito Comunal Unidos por un Desarrollo (Group of Communal Credit United for Development), one of 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This is her second loan, and she hopes to prosper personally and economically.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Schell



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