A loan of $1,200 helped materials to improve her bakery.


Norma's story

Norma O. R. is a 37-year-old woman who lives with her husband and three children in a community named Santa Fe, in Los Chiles, Alajuela province. This community lies in a mountainous zone very close to our country's northern border. The area's leading economic activities are ranching and farming, especially staple grains, sugar cane and oranges.

With the desire to improve her quality of life and that of her family, Norma was looking at various alternatives, and a little more than a year ago, she started a business: a bakery in which she offers different types of bread and especially homemade pastries. She says that the business has gone very well for her; she has enjoyed great acceptance in her community, since there had previously been no business providing this service.

At this time, Norma would like to request a loan of 623,000 colones in order to improve the infrastructure of the place where she bakes her bread. With this, she hopes that her microenterprise will grow and generate more income to raise her standard of living.

Norma is a member of the Empresa de Crédito Comunal Manantial de Santa Fe (Santa Fe Springs Communal Credit Company), one of EDESA's 100 member organizations in Costa Rica. This will be her first loan, and she hopes that it will help her to grow on a personal level and allow her to maintain her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman



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