A loan of $1,200 helped to sell clothes.


Telma Cecilia's story

Telma lives with her family in the wonderful and culturally diverse province of Limon, which has a predominantly black population and important cultural elements of indigenous Costa Rican, Afro-Caribbean, white and Chinese peoples, each of whom support the region in their own way. This province has beautiful areas of white-sand beaches, palm trees and lush national parks with protected tropical rainforests, coral reefs and hundreds of species of endangered flora and fauna.

Tortuguero National Park displays the largest example of protected tropical rainforest, where you can travel down rivers and canals, observe plants and animals, witness marine turtles laying their eggs and have the opportunity to watch more than 300 species of bird, including green macaws and toucans. This area has been the focus of important scientific investigations and has become a popular destination for scientific and ecological tourism.

For a few months now, Telma has been hoping to have enough merchandise to be able to progress her business, to dedicate more time and to provide the neighbours of her community with quality clothing. With the income she makes from this business, she is able to give her family a better quality of life.

For this reason, Telma is asking for a loan of 596,000 colones to buy merchandise, particularly clothes and shoes, so she can continue selling on her stall and achieve her goals.

Telma is a member of the Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Batán (the Communal Credit Company of Batán), one of the 150 member organisations of EDESA in Costa Rica. They are happy to have already had many positive results and to have helped many women in their different lines of work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Brown



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