A loan of $1,200 helped to buy pigs, feed and vaccines.


Elba's story

Elba is a client of the institution who first participated in financial services as a member of a communal bank and later decided to switch over to individual loans. She and her family live in a zone in south Costa Rica, specifically in Puntarenas Province in Corredores Canton, La Cuesta District in Bella Luz de la Vaca Sector, specifically in Río Incendio where she’s been raising pigs for several years that she sells through buyers that come to these places to buy them on the hoof (live pigs) that they subsequently sell to butcher shops.

This zone is noted for producing palm oil, an agricultural activity that demands a large female work force. However, supply exceeds demand so many women need to create their own sources of employment that guarantee income for their homes while being able to raise her two minor children who are school age.

As a short-term goal, Elba wants to expand this productive activity more since she feels that it generates good profits and something that’s important for her is to be able to be alongside her children and this activity allows her to do so.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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