A loan of $500 helped to buy supplies and equipment for her recycling facility..


Adelina's story

Adelina is 56 years old and lives in Puntarenas, a city located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. She is a widow and the mother of two children, one of whom is a minor. Adelina established a recycling center in her home four years ago. She obtains raw materials from public institutions in the district and then sells them to two companies in Valle Central. Mostly she sells cardboard, glass, and paper.

Adelina is a disabled woman who suffered from polio when she was a young person. She was also in a traffic accident two years ago, which explains why she has a wheelchair that is not in good condition. Her recycling center provides jobs and is supported by local companies. Her greatest wish is to have a recycling center that is well-equipped and to be able to help other people with disabilities who are marginalized and lack jobs to support their families financially. Adelina is a leader in her community. With the help of a private company, she plans to open a photocopying center near the Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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