A loan of $1,200 helped to buy seedlings and fertilizer and to pay for labor at his coffee farm.

Diandra's story

Jose is an 18 year old young man who lives with his family in the community of Costa Rica, called Mollejones de Platanares, Pérez Zeledón. Mollejones is a community located 150 kilometers to the south of the province of San José, the capital of Costa Rica. It is 850 meters above sea level. There they grow vegetables and coffee and raise beef cattle and pigs. There are also some organic farming projects and hydrophonic vegetables. In addition to farming there are mechanic's workshops a supermarket, small restaurants and a furniture store.

For some time, Jose has worked planting coffee. He says that since he started the project, results have been good. It has had a good reception in the community and the income he is generating has helped him get his family ahead.

At this time, what Jose wants is to ask for a loan of ¢600,000 (six hundred thousand colones) to buy more seedlings, fertilizer and to pay for the labor he needs for his coffee farm.With this, he hopes that his micro-business will grow and generate more income to improve his quality of life.

Jose is a member of the Bancruce Community Bank, one of the 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. As a member, he has received a micro-loan which allowed him to grow as a micro-businessman.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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