A loan of $1,200 helped to buy clothing.

Damaris Elena's story

Damaris, 40, lives with her family in the wonderful province of Limón which is noted for its cultural diversity. Its population is predominantly Black with important traits from Costa Rican indigenous culture: Afro-Caribbean, White and Chinese. Each of these groups contributes its own particular style.

This province has beautiful places with white sand, beaches, palm trees and exuberant national parks that protect tropical rain forests and coral reefs as well as hundreds of species of flora and fauna in danger of extinction.

The Tortuguero national park contains the largest protected rain forest and one can travel its canals and rivers, observe flora and fauna, witness sea turtles laying their eggs and have the opportunity of observing over 300 species of birds among which are the Green Macaw, the Great Curassow and Toucans. Important scientific investigations take place here and it has become a special point for scientific and ecological tourism.

For a few months now Damaris has wanted to have sufficient merchandise available to get ahead with her business and dedicate more time to it thus providing local residents with high quality items of clothing. With income earned in this business she will also provide her family with a better quality of life.

Because of this, Damaris is asking for a 596,000.00 (five-hundred ninety-six thousand colones) loan to buy merchandise, specifically more clothing to continue her street sales and to reach her goals.

Damaris is a member of the “Batán” communal bank one of EDESA’s 150 social organizations in Costa Rica. They are happy because results have been very good and the firm has helped many women to work in their various businesses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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