A loan of $1,200 helped to grow coffee.

Edgar Cecilio's story

Edgar is a 37 years old man who lives with his family in a rural community in Costa Rica called Mollejones de Platanares, Pérez Zeledón. Mollejones is a community located 150 miles south of the province of San José, capital of Costa Rica. It is 850 meters above sea level. There they grow vegetables and coffee and also engage in activities such as raising cattle and hogs for meat. There are also some projects of organic farming and growing vegetables in mineral rich water instead of soil (hydroponics). In addition to agriculture in the community, there are mechanic shops, a supermarket, small restaurants (known as sodas, which are usually a combination of a family run restaurant, and a convenience store that sometimes doubles as a bar or disco after the sun goes down) and a furniture store.

For some time Edgar has been devoted to coffee growing and now has a farm of two hectares. He says that since the project began, the results have been good, as the project has been widely accepted in their community and the revenues generated have helped his family get ahead.

Right now Edgar is requesting a loan of ¢600,000 (six hundred thousand colones) to buy more seedlings and inputs he needs for his coffee farm. With this loan, he hopes that his microenterprise grows to generate more income to improve their living conditions.

Edgar is part of the Communal Bank, "Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Bancruce," one of 150 partner organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. As a member, Edgar has received a loan that has allowed him to grow as a small businessman.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Angela Yeh

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