A loan of $1,000 helped to buy a cow.

Grettel Yadira's story

Grettel is a 40-year-old woman who lives with her husband and son in a community called Cimarrón de Santa Teresita de Turrialba, in Cartago province. This is a small rural community of around 2,000 inhabitants. The local people work in milk production and farming. The area has an uneven terrain and much of the land remains a humid, tropical forest. Cimarrón is located approximately one and a half hour's bus ride away from Turrialba, the nearest trade center. However, sometimes during the year the road becomes impassable due to rain.

For several years, Grettel has wanted to improve her dairy. She has the premises she needs to carry out her business but she lacks the capital needed for her business to do well. Her goal is to sell her products to the neighbors in her community. This project is of great interest to her.

Grettel is requesting a micro loan for 500,000 colones to buy a cow. She hopes that this will help her to grow her business and improve both her own quality of life as well as that of her family.

Grettel is a member of the 'Nuevas Esperanzas para Cimarrón' (New Hope for Cimarrón) Community Loan Company, one of 110 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her first loan and, with it, she hopes to continue growing both on a personal and financial level. She will also take an active part in her community's loan organization.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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