A loan of $1,000 helped to buy a seedbed and fertilizer, and to pay laborers.

Edgar Gerardo's story

Edgar is a 49 year-old man who lives with his family in a rural community of Costa Rica called Mollejones de Platanares, Pérez Zeledón. Mollejones is a community which is located 150 kilometers to the south of San José province, the capital of Costa Rica. It is 850 meters above sea level. People there grow vegetables and coffee. They also work in other business activities such as raising and fattening cattle and pigs. There are some organic farming projects and vegetables grown by hydroponics. In addition to farming, there are auto repair shops, a supermarket, small restaurants (soda bars) and a furniture store in the community.

Edgar has been growing coffee for some time. He says that since he started this project his results have been good as he has had good acceptance in his community and the income he has made has helped him to get his family ahead in life.

Right now, what Edgar wants is to request a loan for 500,000 to buy more seedbeds and fertilizers, and to pay laborers who he needs to work on his coffee plantation. With this help, he hopes that his micro-business will grow and that he will manage to make more income in order to improve his living conditions.

Edgar is a member of the Bancruce Community Loan Company, one of EDESA's 100 member organizations in Costa Rica. As a member, he has received a micro-loan which has enabled him to grow as a micro-businessman.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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