A loan of $800 helped to plant passion fruit.


Maria De Los Reyes's story

Maria, 40, lives with her husband and children in a community called Upala de San Carlos which is in the province of Alajuela. There are five national parks in Alajuela, a wildlife national reserve, five protective areas and several forest reserves. Also in the province is the Juan Santamaría Museum which exhibits locally produced crafts. This area ranks first in national coffee and cane sugar production.

For several years Maria has been involved in agriculture. She now has her own land, approximately 3/4 of a hectare, which she inherited from her parents. But she is lacking what she needs most for the business to take off and benefit the local community. She claims her project is very interesting.

She is requesting a micro-loan of 400,000 CRC to buy passion fruit seeds. This will help grow her business and increase her family's quality of life.

Maria is a member of the communal bank Delirio which is one of the 110 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This is her first loan and with it she hopes to continue growing both personally and economically. She wants to participate actively in her community's loan organization.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess



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