A loan of $1,000 helped to buy pigs, concentrates, and vaccines.

Elsie Yessenia's story

Elsie lives in the southern region of Costa Rica, specifically in the province of Puntarenas, Corredores, Canoas, Paso Canoas. This is an area that scores low on development indices as it is in area where the main economic activity is cultivating the oil palm, an activity that predominantly employs men to harvest the fruit. This means that the women have few opportunities for paid employment. This is why Elsie works raising and fattening pigs - to help her partner with the household expenses. This loan, like the loans she had when she was a member of BM Laskmi, will be used to buy pigs, concentrate, and vaccines for the duration of the production cycle. She will make weekly repayments. Thanks to her work and the salary that her husband brings in (he is a teacher at a school that is on the border of Costa Rica and Panama) she has been able to send a son to the the University of Costa Rica to study business. He has a scholarship but it does not cover all of his expenses so he needs support from his parents to be able to complete his studies. Elsie also wants to support her daughter who wants to study culinary arts at the National Training Institute, an institution that teaches trades to build-up the labor market. Elsie and her husband are convinced that giving their children an education is the way to improve their quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd

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