A loan of $1,175 helped to buy a motorcycle.

Alicia Del Carmen's story

Alicia is 50 years old and lives with her family in San Carlos, a community located in Alajuela, the second province of Costa Rica. This area is the main coffee and sugar cane producer in Costa Rica, and produces also staple grains (rice, beans and corn), fruit, pulses, tubers and vegetables. In addition, the province hosts the International Juan Santamaría Airport, the most important in the country.

For several months Alicia has needed support to continue her business, as she needs to increase her income to bring up her children and at the same time offer a fast and efficient service to her neighbors. This is why Alicia applies for a loan of 600,000 colones to buy a motorcycle to move around with greater ease, because she is a door-to-door saleswoman of clothes. This activity is known in Costa Rica as "Polaca" (Polish woman). The motorcycle would help her to easily meet her customers and collect their payments and thus improve her family's quality of life.

Alicia is a member of the Communal Credit Company of El Encanto de Pital, one of the 150 partner organizations of the microfinance institution EDESA in Costa Rica. This is her first loan and it will help her to grow both personally and economically. She wants to be an active partner in the credit organization of her community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris

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