A loan of $825 helped to buy pigs and feed.


Edwin's story

Edwin is a 56-year-old man who lives with his family in a rural community of Costa Rica called Mollejones de Platanares, Pérez Zeledón. Mollejones is a community located 150 kilometers to the south of the province of San José, the capital of Costa Rica. It is 850 meters above sea level. There they grow vegetables and coffee, and also do other work such as raising cattle and pigs for fattening. There are also other projects of organic agriculture and hydroponic vegetables. In addition to agriculture, in the community there are auto repair shops, a supermarket, small restaurants (coffee bars), and a furniture store. Edwin has worked in a pigsty for three years. Since he began this project the results have been good because he has had great success in the community, and the income he has generated has helped him get his family ahead. What Edwin wants now is to request a loan of 400,00 CRC to buy pigs and feed, which he needs for his pig-raising project. With this he hopes that his small business grows and comes to generate more income to improve his living conditions. Edwin is part of Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Bancruce, one of the 150 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. As a member it has received a micro-loan that allowed them to grow as small business entrepreneurs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall



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