A loan of $1,200 helped to buy supplies to improve her land.

Flor's story

Flor P. L. is an 18 year-old youth who lives with her husband and their son in a community called Santa Fe, located in Los Chiles in the Alajuela province. This community is in a mountainous region that is located very close to the northern border of the country. The main economic activities are livestock and agriculture, specifically the cultivation of staple grains, sugar cane and oranges.

Flor has a small piece of land where she has cultivated different crops such as papaya and bananas, but three years ago she started to grow yams. Yams are root vegetables that taste good, are rich in nutrients and are processed in large volume by the local agro-industry. There is great demand for this product in Costa Rica as well as in other countries. She tells us that since she dedicated her production entirely to this product her income has increased.

Now Flor is requesting a loan of 623,000 Costa Rican colones to help with the preparation of the soil by purchasing of seeds, fertilizers and other supplies that are needed to guarantee the optimal cultivation of yams. Flor is a member of the communal bank "Manatial de Santa Fe," one of the 100 organizations that are members of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her first loan, and she hopes to take maximum advantage of it and to continue to have access to this type of credit.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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