A loan of $4,875 helped a member to buy pigs, concentrates, and vaccines.

Bco. Mujer Buscando Superarse Group's story

A group of women from the southern region of Costa Rica; this is a zone known for its large-scale palm oil plantations. FOr this reason, there are few offerings of work for women, since this type of work entails a high demand for male day laborers. Therefore, these women have seen the necessity of self-employment via the development of a productive business activity in alignment with their environmental conditions.

Evelin, the president and leader of the group, is a 34 year old woman with two children, one of whom is 10 and the other of 15 years of age. At this time she subsists on growing pigs for fattening, since her husband had an accident in his work and from this he receives a stipend, which is not sufficient to cover the costs of the household. This situation that has been mentioned, made it necessary for Evelin to also look for job opportunities for hourly wages, and cleaning houses, to create a greater income which will translate to a better quality of life for her family.

The loan, as with the previous ones she has received from Fundación Mujer, will go to buying pigs with feed concentrates and vaccines. Within her plans is the hope of being able to continue working and to give her children a better lifestyle.

In this group: Ana Angelica, Mercedes, Sonia, Maribel, Evelin, Elieth

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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