A loan of $1,000 helped to buy pigs and feed.

Shirley De Jesus's story

Shirley is a 36-year-old woman living with her family in a rural community in Costa Rica called Mollejones de Platanares, Pérez Zeledón. Mollejones is a community located 150 kilometers south of San José Province, Costa Rica’s capital. It’s 850 meters above sea level. Vegetables and coffee are grown there. In addition, other activities, like cattle and pig raising, take place as well. There are also some organic farming projects and vegetables growing hydroponically. Besides farming, the community also has repair shops, a supermarket, small restaurants (snack shops) and a furniture store.

Shirley has been raising pigs for some time. Since she started this project she’s had good results because she’s been well-received by the community and income generated has helped her support her family.

At present, what Shirley wants is to request a ¢500,000 (five-hundred thousand colones) loan to buy pigs and feed that she needs for her pig raising project. She hopes that with this her micro business will grow and generate more income to improve her living condition.

Shirley is part of the “Bancruce” communal bank, one of EDESA’s 110 social organizations in Costa Rica. As a member, it’s received a micro loan that has helped them grow as micro entrepreneurs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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