A loan of $2,100 helped to buy building materials and pay for labor.

Matilde Florentino's story

Matilde Florentino is 62 years old and lives with his family in Canalette, located within the Upala, San Carlos region, in the Alajuela province. This province produces the highest amounts of coffee and cane sugar in the country. It also produces basic grains (rice, beans, corn), fruits, vegetables, tubers, and flowers. It’s also one of the country’s main producers of livestock, especially within the San Carlos settlement. Besides that, the “Cooperativa de Productores de Leche Dos Pinos” cooperative milk producing plants are located within the province. The co-op is the property of thousands of milk producers. Many export manufacturers have also located within the zone around the city of Alajuela. The El Coyol, Saret, Montecillos, and Bet zones are also located around the city.

Matilde Florentino works in the fields, but it not enough so that he can achieve his dream of providing a dignified home for his family. For this he needs financial support to buy building materials and pay for labor.

Matilde Florentino is asking for a micro loan of 1,050,000 colones ($2,100) so that he can provide a dignified home for his family and so that they will live more comfortably.

Matilde Florentino is a partner in the Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Canalette company, one of the more that 150 EDESA social organizations in Costa Rica. He expects to be able to continue growing personally and financially with the help of this loan, and to be able to actively participate in the credit organization in his community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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