A loan of $1,725 helped purchase 5 calves.

Juan Bautista's story

Juan Bautista is a 42 year old man who is married with four minor children, all of whom are students. He lives with his family in a community in the southern part of Costa Rica, located in Concepción de Pilas, Puntarenas. The local economy is agriculture based, with a focus on tubers, coffee, corn, beans and livestock.

Juan buys young cattle, fattens them and then re-sells them at livestock fairs, a business that is very common in the area. He takes his cattle there to sell to other larger ranchers. He is applying for a loan for 800,000 colones in order to purchase five calves, fatten them and re-sell them.

He tells us that this is the only income his family has and thus he puts a lot of effort into his work so that his animals are very popular in this market.

Juan Bautista is a member of the Empresa de Crédito Communal Bank in La Danta, one of the 150 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. He hopes to continue growing at a personal and financial level as well as to actively participate in the credit organization in his community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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