A loan of $1,175 helped to buy seeds and fertilizers.

Esperanza De Los Angeles's story

Esperanza is a 51 year old woman who lives with her family in a community called San Carlos, in the second largest province of Costa Rica, Alajuela. This is a zone that is number one in the national production of coffee and sugar cane. It also produces staple grains (rice, beans, corn), fruit, and vegetables including root vegetables and garden vegetables. Also located in this province, is the Juan Santamaría International Airport, which is the most important airport in the country.

For a few months now, Esperanza has needed some type of financing to buy seeds and cultivate suitable land for this type of product. With this activity, she will be able to earn more and improve her quality of life. For this reason, Esperanza is requesting a loan of 600,000 colones. She wants to buy seeds to grow bananas and fertilizers to obtain a good harvest.

Esperanza is a member of Empresa de Crédito Comunal de El Encanto de Pital (a community credit organization) and it is her first loan from the 150 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. She will continue growing on a personal level and economic, as well as actively participating in her community's credit organization.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Michelle Burns

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