A loan of $2,075 helped to buy construction materials.


Doribel's story

Doribel is a 23-year-old woman who lives with her family in the community of Canalette in the region of Upala, San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela. This province is the top producer of coffee and sugar cane in the country. They also produce basic grains (rice, beans, corn), fruit, legumes, tubers, and vegetables. It is one of the principal livestock regions of the country, especially because of the production in the canton of San Carlos. Also in the province are the milk-processing plants of Cooperativa de Productores de Leche Dos Pinos, the property of thousands of producers of milk. Also, in the area around the city of Alajuela, there is a large number of manufacturers of exports. In Alajuela are the tax-free areas of El Coyol, Saret, Montecillos, and Bet. For five years Doribel has worked running and supporting a coffee shop/restaurant. To continue her business, she needs what is necessary for her business to develop and for her customers to see themselves benefit. Currently Doribel is requesting a microloan of 1,050,000.00 CRC (one million, fifty thousand colones) to buy construction materials to be able to finish her store, which is called Soda Dori. With this she hopes to grow her business, because her goal is to be able to continue with her work so she can improve both her quality of life and that of her family. Doribel is a member of the Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Canalette, one of the 150 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her first loan and with it she hopes to continue growing personally and financially, as well as to participate in the credit organization in her community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall



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