A loan of $1,225 helped to purchase a vehicle to get to work and to use as a taxi on the weekends.

Edwin's story

Edwin is 23 years old and lives with his family in the community of Santa Teresita in the Turrialba canton in the province of Cartago. The city of Cartago was the capital of Costa Rica until 1823. It is known for its mountainous landscape formed by two mountain ranges, the Central and the Talamanca. The weather is cold the majority of the year because of the two nearby volcanoes, Irazú and Turrialba.

Edwin works two hours from his home and he needs to purchase a vehicle to get to the place where he works. He will also use the vehicle on the weekends to transport people from one community to another so that he can earn extra money to help his family.

Edwin is requesting a loan of 600,000 colones to purchase the vehicle. He is a member of the El Sauce de Santa Teresita Turrialba community bank, one of the 150 EDESA member organizations in Costa Rica.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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