A loan of $1,200 helped to buy and sell silkscreened t-shirts.

Carlos Luis's story

Carlos Luis is a young man of 21 years of age. He lives with his family in the community of Canalette, in the region of Upala, San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela. This province is the biggest producer in the country of coffee and cane sugar. It also produces staple crops (rice, beans, corn), fruit, vegetables, root vegetables, and greens, and it is one of the main livestock areas of the country, especially the canton of San Carlos. The province is also the home of the milk processing plans of the milk producing cooperative Leche Dos Pinos, which belongs to thousands of milk producers. What is more, in the area around the city of Alajuela, many businesses that manufacture for export have opened-up. Alajuela operates free trade zones in El Coyol, Saret, Montecillos, and Bet.
Since some time back, Carlos Luis has needed greater investment to meet the needs of his family and continue his business. He needs capital so that his business can thrive and the residents of his community can benefit. His project is unusual and interesting.
Currently, Carlos Luis is requesting a micro loan of $1,200 to buy and sell silkscreened t-shirts. He hopes that this will make his business grow as his goal is to be able to continue with his work and so to improve his quality of life and his home.
Carlos Luis is a member of the community bank Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Canalette, one of the 150 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be his fourth loan and he hopes it will help him to grow personally and economically and to participate actively in the community bank.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd

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