A loan of $600 helped clothing sales.


Melania's story

Melania Catalina R. is a 63 year-old widow, who lives with her 2 children in a community called Santa Fe, which is located in Los Chiles in the Alajuela province. This community is in a mountainous region very close to the northern border of the country. The main economic activities there are livestock and agriculture, particularly the cultivation of staple grains, sugar cane and oranges.

Two years ago, Melania started a business selling clothing. She has a place close to her house where she has her own clothing store, which she has gradually developed over time. However, she tells us that the lack of financing has been an obstacle to growth.

For this reason, Melania needs a loan of 300,000 Costa Rican colones, to buy more clothing and improve the condition of her shop. With this loan, she will make her store look better and be able to offer more options to her customers, who say that they are very satisfied with the new store.

She is a member of the communal bank "Manantial de Santa Fe," one of the 100 organizations that are members of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her first loan, and with it she hopes to continue growing as a businesswoman.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar



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