A loan of $900 helped to pay for her daughter's university expenses and to buy a computer.

Helen Maria's story

Helen is a determined woman. She is 45 years old and lives with her family in a community in the District of Hatillo, which is a urban and residential area. However, there is increasing commercial activity that is mainly concentrated in the business centers. Several types of businesses are located in those areas such as furniture shops, tortilla factories, bakeries, bookstores, auto repair and mechanic shops, gas stations, dental offices, pharmacies, health clinics, bars, restaurants, stores, and print shops.

At the moment, Helen is going through a difficult financial situation since she is a single mother. With the limited access to income that she has, there is not enough money to finance her daughter’s degree.

For this reason, Helen is requesting a loan of 450,000 CRC so that she can pay for a semester of her daughter’s university degree and to finalize the payment of a computer. There are expectations being placed on her daughter by family members so that she can have a future and a better life.

Helen is a member of the Communal Credit Enterprise of Hatillo, one of the 110 member organizations that make up EDESA in Costa Rica. This is her second loan with the organization and she is grateful for all of the help that has been provided.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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