A loan of $400 helped purchase equipment for his rental cottage.

Antonio's story

Antonio P. B. is a 37 year old gentleman who lives with his wife and four children on a reserve inhabited by one of the largest indigenous groups in Costa Rica known as the Guaymí. The reserve is located in San Vito de Coto Brus, an area known for its elevation and being located an hour away from La Amistad International Park. The main business activities are agriculture and handicrafts. Tourism has increased within the last few years.

Don Antonio is known as one of the most active and most hospitable members of this community. One of his wishes is to see tourism continue to grow in his community. For this reason, he built a house and bought some horses that he could rent to visitors at a good price. At the moment, the house does not have any beds or furniture. He needs a loan of 200,000 CRC to buy mattresses, chairs, and linens to equip his rental house so that he can make it available to tourists. Antonio says his business has many benefits and will contribute to the growth of tourism in his community, as well as generate more income for him and his family.

Don Antonio is a member of Ku Kwata Communal Credit Enterprise, one of the 100 member organizations that make up EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be his first loan and he is very pleased with this opportunity.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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