A loan of $625 helped to build an area where he is able to milk his cows. He is currently doing this out in the open.


Orlando's story

Orlando, age 69, lives with his family in the Santa Teresita community in the Turrialba Canton in the Cartago province. The city of Cartago was the capital of Costa Rica until 1823. It is known for its mountains formed by two ranges: the Central Range and the Talamanca Range. Its climate is cold most of the year because of the two volcanoes it has called Irazú and Turrialba.

Orlando has worked with livestock, specifically milk production, for four years. He manages to sell his products to the neighbors in the community, and they are very happy with the quality of his products. He knows this trade very well. It is his way of contributing to the household expenses.

Orlando currently wants a microloan for 440,000 colones to buy construction materials. He will build an area where he is able to milk his cows. He is currently doing this out in the open, and it is affecting his health.

Orlando is a member of the communal bank "El Sauce de Santa Teresita Turrialba", one of the 150 social organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be his first loan and he says he hopes to be able to continue growing as a small businessman, and he hopes to get ahead in his business. He also emphasizes that thanks to these types of organizations and others that facilitate loans he is able to devote more time to productive activities.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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