A loan of $5,900 helped a member to buy supplies for his nursery and greenhouse.

Los Castreños Group's story

Richard, who is standing beneath the light, is a member of the Los Castreňos communal bank, which is in Castro, X Región. There are different fields of work in this communal bank. Among the different fields of work there are greenhouses, mini supermarket, lunches, empanadas, collectives, pastry making, and catering services.

Richard’s business has to do with greenhouses and nurseries. He started it two years ago as a result of not having stable work. He wanted to look for an alternative to any problem. That is how he chose to make a greenhouse and cultivate plants. He also grows murta berries, which are used exclusively to make marmalade.

The problems that he has had to overcome are basically not being able to have the resources he needs to fulfill his dreams and needing more money in order to have a peaceful sense of well-being.

He will use the loan to buy supplies to have more plants and to enlarge his greenhouse. He is very positive and very sure that the next cycle will go very well for him. This is because his wife has been able to have businesses and choose secure jobs in the future.

He is very happy and grateful to work with Fondo Esperanza and to learn new things. He is very enthusiastic about being able to continue progressing with the communal bank cycles.

In this group: Mariela Del Carmen, Richard Ivan, Hortencia Marina, Marisol Del Carmen, Juana Soledad, Elsa Del Carme, Maria Angelica, Ruth Candelaria, Jose Santiago, Eduviges Del Transito, Sergio Antonio, Claudia Del Carmen, Nora Del Carmen, Andrea Cristina, Dionne Del Carmen, Carola Yohanna, Sonia Elsa, Lidia Del Carmen

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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