A loan of $1,200 helped to buy materials for his small business.

Juan Bautista Del Carmen's story

Juan Bautista is 49 years old and lives with his family in a rural community in Costa Rica called Mollejones de Patanares, Pérez Zeledón. Mollejones is located 150 kilometers south of the province of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. It is 850 meters above sea level. There, the people cultivate vegetables and coffee and also raise beef cattle and pigs. There are also some organic farming projects and hydroponic vegetable gardening (growing plants in water, without soil). In addition to agriculture, the community has mechanic shops, a supermarket, small restaurants (low-cost eateries) and a furniture store.

For some time, Juan Bautista has owned a small business where he sells caps, hats and T-shirts. He started his business in 2003 and the outcome has been good since he has been very well received in his community and his earnings have helped him to move his family forward. Currently he has six machines for his business.

Nowadays, Juan Bautista would like to request a loan of 600,000 colones to purchase more materials, which he needs for his shop. With this sum he expects his small business to grow and begin to generate more income so he can improve his living conditions.

Juan Bautista is part of the “Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Bancruce” Communal Bank, one of the 150 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. As a member, he has received a loan that has enabled him to grow as a small business man.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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