A loan of $600 helped to buy clothes and shoes in order to sell them.

Juana Maria's story

Juana is 69 years old. She lives with her husband and children in a community located on the southern part of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. The community is called La Palma de Puerto Jimenez, and it's in the province of Puntarenas. It's an area that has grown in commerce as a result of its port, which is heavily used; it also has beautiful beaches nearby. There is much fishing, agriculture, and livestock farming, and this community is rich in traditions and activities.

For the last several years, Juana has worked making sales from catalogs in order to get by. The income from this business has been good as she is well-accepted in her community, and the income that she's earned has helped her to move her family ahead in life.

At the moment, Juana is requesting a loan for ¢300,000 (three hundred thousand colones) to buy clothes and shoes in order to sell them and earn money to increase her financial resources. She hopes to sell many products on behalf of her family, and to be able to earn more income to improve their living conditions.

Juana is a member of the Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Raíces Capitales communal bank, which is why she says that she feels very grateful for the opportunities she is being given for access to loans, and to be able to bring about her life's plans.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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