A loan of $1,175 helped to pay her university tuition.


Elizabeth Del Carmen's story

Elizabeth del Carmen is a 47-year-old woman who lives in a community called San Francisco de la Palmera located in San Carlos, Alajuela Province. This is a rural community with much potential for development because through agricultural activities it’s managed to develop associated activities and services in the community like raising livestock and opportunities for small business and micro businesses, among others. Elizabeth would like to continue her nursing courses but needs some type of help because she does not have enough economic resources to continue. She is asking for a micro loan of ¢594,000 (five-hundred ninety-four thousand colones) to continue her university studies that she started three years ago. She hopes that with this investment she’ll be able to continue toward her personal goals and to grow much more professionally. All of this will help her improve her and her family’s living conditions. Elizabeth is a member of the San Francisco de la Palmera communal bank, one of EDESA’s 110 social organizations in Costa Rica. This will be her fourth loan and she hopes with it to continue to grow both personally and economically as well as actively participate in a credit institution in her community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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