A loan of $1,200 helped to purchase 2 freezers so that she can keep more ingredients in stock and offer more variety to her customers in her small restaurant.

Francisca's story

Francisca O. M. is 40 years old and lives with her two sons in a community called Canalete, located in Upala in the province of Alajuela. It is a hilly region where the principal economic activities revolve around agriculture and raising livestock. Upala is a community with a great opportunity for the development of micro businesses, in agriculture as well as commerce. Two years ago, Francisca decided to launch her own business and opened a small restaurant where she serves all kinds of traditional dishes, delicious and reasonably priced. Francisca's objective is to continue to grow this business. She is requesting a loan to purchase 2 freezers which she needs to keep more ingredients in stock and offer more variety to her customers. Francisca is a member of the communal bank of Canalete, one of the hundreds of organizations associated with EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her third loan and she hopes to continue to grow her business and improve her economic situation. Francisco wants to be a successful businesswoman.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Charnes

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