A loan of $800 helped to install a computer system in the EMPRESA.

Miriam Ines's story

Miriam is 38 years old and lives with her family in the beautiful province of Limon which has great cultural diversity: it has a predominantly black population and important features of the indigenous Costa Rican culture. The Afro-Caribbeans, Whites and Chinese - each group infuses the area with its own style. This province has beautiful white sandy places, beaches and palm trees as well as lush national parks to protect tropical rainforests and coral reefs and hundreds of species of fauna and flora in danger of extinction.

The national park Tortuguero contains the largest example of protected tropical rainforest and here you can tour its canals and rivers, observe the flora and fauna, see the nesting sea turtles and have the opportunity of observing more than 300 species of birds among which number the great green macaw, the pavon and the toucan. Important scientific investigations are carried out in this area and it has become a special place of interest for scientific and ecological tourism.

A few months ago the Empresa asked for some help with its technical equipment so as to work more efficiently.

This is why Miriam is asking for a loan for the amount of 400,000.00 (four hundred thousand colones) to purchase a complete computer system for the Empresa and thus be able to produce the reports and carry out the accounting needed for this organisation.

Miriam is a member of the communal bank la Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Batán, one of the 110 member organisations of EDESA in Costa Rica. And they are very happy as the results have been very positive and the Empresa has helped many women to work in their various businesses.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Blyth

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