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


Mario Enrique's story

Mario is 23 years old and lives with his family in the community of Santa Teresita in the province of Cartago. The city of Cartago was founded in 1563 by the Spanish conquistador Juan Vázquez de Coronado. It acted as the capital of Costa Rica until 1823 and was the seat of the first permanent international court in world history, the Corte de Cartago [Court of Cartago]. Its mountainous relief is formed by two mountain ranges, the Central range and the Talamanca range.

For a few years Mario has worked in cattle farming, specifically in milk production. He sells his products to his neighbors in the community, who are very satisfied with the quality of the products he offers. In his case in particular, currently the demand is greater that what he is able to offer. Mario considers that thanks to the progress of this project he and his family have improved their living conditions little by little and have managed to be players in the development of the community.

Currently Mario wants to get a micro-loan of 600,000 CRC (six hundred thousand colones) to buy a cow and so be able to increase production. He knows that having a greater number of cows is a greater sacrifice and will demand more work. Nevertheless the desire to be a successful micro-entrepreneur and getting his family ahead by improving their living conditions motivates him to make an effort with great care.

Mario is part of the El Sauce de Santa Teresita Turrialba communal bank, one of the 150 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be his first loan and he says that with it he hopes to be able to continue growing as a micro-entrepreneur and to get his business ahead. He also stresses that thanks to this type of organization and means of facilitating credit he is able to dedicate more time to productive activities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall



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