A loan of $1,200 helped with her business selling clothing.


Rosibel's story

Rosibel, 40, lives with her family in La Fuente, in Cartago province. The main water run-off system in this area is the Reventazon River, which starts up in the Cuericí mountain. Because of the fertility of its land, due to its volcanoes and floodplains, Cartago is a town where agriculture and livestock production are the main economic activities.

Rosibel has been selling clothing for a number of years. She started out as an intermediary selling merchandise from others, and gradually she has been making her own garments. But at this time, she lacks the money to make her business expand, which would benefit the neighbors in her community. So Rosibel is requesting a small loan of 600,000 Costa Rican colones to invest in her business and buy more clothing, since the demand is strong. Her goal is to have a store in the future that she could fill with merchandise. This would allow Rosibel and her family to have a better quality of life.

Rosibel is a member of the "Fuente Agricola" communal bank, one of the 150 such organizations that are members of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her first loan, and with it she hopes to continue to grow, both at the personal and economic level. In addition, she expects to participate actively in the credit organization in her community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar



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