A loan of $1,200 helped buy pork and beef for her meat business.

Ana Margarita's story

The “San Pedro de Pueblo” Communal Bank meets each 15 days in Pueblo Nuevo parish in Santa Ana canton. Here the residents are honest and dedicated to country tasks and cattle raising, with beautiful rural landscapes and kind people.

Ana lives in this area. She is 55 years old, married, and from this union there are 2 children, both now adults and independent. Two grandchildren have lived in her house since they were small and they are like her own children and are studying in school. Her husband is a merchant.

Ana and her husband are both merchants. On Sundays they sell beef and pork. Sunday is market day in the locality. They place a table outside their house where they sell their products to people who come to provision themselves with food. Ana and her husband buy the cattle and pigs, take them to be slaughtered, then sell the meat. They have been operating this business for over 20 years, and it has enabled them to advance.

This loan is for purchasing pork and beef to sell on Sundays. Ana has belonged to her communal bank through 6 loan cycles. She likes the institution for the benefits it offers.

Ana's dream is to have her own grocery store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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