A loan of $1,200 helped to buy 3 milk cows.

Irene's story

Irene B. N. is 79 years old. She is a widow who lives alone with her nephew who is 19. They live in a rural community of Costa Rica called San Gabriel located in Yolillal, Upala in the province of Alajuela. It is a rural community with a relatively large area of land with a semi-mountainous topography. Their principal economic activities are growing essential grains and small scale ranching.

Irene has dedicated her whole life to dairy farming. Since she was young she has been accustomed to waking up every day at 4am to milk her cows.
Today, with the help of her nephew, she sells dairy products to the whole community. Her customers are very satisfied with the quality of her products, especially the custard.
She needs a loan of ¢604.000 (six hundred and four thousand colones) to buy 3 cows which she needs to increase her milk production and grow her business.

Irene is part of the Empressa de Crédito Comunal of San Gabirel, one of the 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her sixth loan and she says that with this she hopes to be able to continue to grow as a micro-entrepreneur and take her business forward.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Fanning

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