A loan of $800 helped to provide computer equipment for the communal bank.

Flor Marina's story

Flor is a business-woman and a seamstress. She is 70 years old, and lives with her family in the wonderful province of Limón, which has great cultural diversity. It's population is predominantly black, and the culture includes important features brought by the indigenous Costa Ricans, Afro-Carrribeans, whites, and Chinese. Each group brought their own contribution to the area.

This province is beautiful with white sand, beaches and palm trees, and exuberant national parks that protect the tropical rainforests and coral reefs, and hundreds of species of flora and fauna that are en route to extinction. The Tortuguero national park contains the largest area of protected tropical rainforest. You can explore its waterways and rivers to observe the flora and fauna, see the egg-laying of the sea-turtles, and have the opportunity to spot more than 300 species of birds including green macaws, peacocks, and toucans. Important scientific research takes place in this region, and it has become a unique location for scientific and ecological tourism.

For several months, Flor has been working as a secretary for her communal bank. This is why she is asking to be provided with some kind of technological support, so that she can work more efficiently. This is the reason that Flor is requesting a loan for 400,000 (four hundred thousand) colones, so that she can get a complete computer set-up for the communal bank, and so be able to create reports and keep the books for this organization.

Flor is a member of the Batán communal bank, which is one of EDESA's 110 member organizations in Costa Rica. She tells us that by belonging to this communal bank, she has been able to purchase fabric, given that she works in sewing as previously mentioned. It has also helped her to repair several parts of her home.

This is her fifth loan, and this loan will enhance the quality of her work for this communal bank.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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