A loan of $1,200 helped to buy spare parts for the vehicle that he uses as a taxi.

Juan María's story

Juan María is an older adult of 82 years of age and a constant worker. He lives with his family in a community called Cartagena in the province of Guanacaste. This province's economy is based principally off of livestock, although beekeeping and aquaculture are also carried out in this region.

Juan María needs to repair his vehicle as it's the only means by which he makes a living, transporting the community's people from one place to another. He is requesting a loan for six hundred thousand colones (¢600.000) to buy the vehicle's spare parts and paint it. This is so that he can continue offering this service since with this it guarantees an income to cover his basic necessities.

Juan María is a member of the Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Cartagena (Communal Loan Business of Cartagena), one of the 150 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. He is very happy because he found an excellent form of financing in order to repair his vehicle and continue working.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Birk

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