A loan of $1,200 helped to buy cattle-.

Alejandro's story

Alejandro García is a 56 year old man living with his wife and three children in Hernández, a community located in Los Chiles, in the Alajuela province; this mountain area community, characterized by beautiful sceneries and a high humidity rate, is located along a highway and very close to the northern border of our country. Its main economic activities are stockbreeding and agriculture, notably the sowing of basic grains, tubers and oranges.

Alejandro and his family have always engaged in cattle farming making the most of both the meat and the milk productions. He thinks this is a good activity as the demand is fairly high in the community, and his products, milk in particular, are currently selling very well.

He believes that he and his family have improved their life conditions little by little thanks to the progressing of this activity, and he hopes to keep on doing so.

Alejandro is actually requesting a loan of 609.000 Costa Rican colones to buy impregnated cows in order to increase his milk production. He knows that owing a higher number of cows means more sacrifices and will require more work, but he is certain he will get by.

Alejandro is a member of the Empresa de Crédito Comunal Unidos por un Desarrollo (United for Development Communal Bank), one of the 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This is his first loan: he is very happy to be a member of this kind of organization, as it will offer him the tools he needs to reach his goals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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