A loan of $2,100 helped to buy livestock to fatten and sell.


Miriam's story

Miriam is a 48 year old woman who lives with her family in the Canalette community in the Upala, San Carlos region, Alajuela province. This province holds first place nationally for its coffee and sugarcane production. It also produces basic grains (rice, beans, corn) fruit, vegetables, and tubers. It is one of the primary areas for raising livestock in the country. This is especially true due to the production in the San Carlos canton.

Also, the province is the site of the milk processing plants for the Cooperativa de Productores de Leche Dos Pinos, which belongs to thousands of milk producers. Additionally, in the area around the city of Alajuela a great number of businesses that manufacture for export have been established. In Alajuela the free zones operates in El Coyol, Saret, Montecillos, and Bet.

Miriam has been farming for some time. She buys and sells livestock for two reasons. This means that she buys the animals at a low weight, and then she feeds them until they gain enough weight to sell them. Also, she buys livestock at their ideal rate and resells the cattle at the livestock fairs in the zone.

Miriam is requesting a small loan for one million and fifty thousand colones in order to continue with this project. With the loan she hopes to continue growing in her business. At the same time she hopes to improve her quality of life and that of her family.

Miriam is a member the Canalette communal bank, one of the 110 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her first loan, and with it she hopes to continue growing on a personal and financial level. She also plans to actively participate in loan organization in her community.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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