A loan of $1,875 helped to buy bulls.

Marìa Isabel's story

Maria Isabel is a woman who, with the help of her father and husband, learned to properly care for and fatten bulls. Ever since she was a child, she has lived surrounded by animals for fattening, because this was one of the only options to generate income for her household. Maria Isabel is a member of one of the communal banks working with Fundacion Mujer. Previously, she requested an individual loan for 600,000 Costa Rican colones, which she paid off on time, although the amount she requested previously was not as large as sum as she is currently requesting. She needs this larger sum to invest again in her business, buying bulls to keep in the corral that she built 2 months ago. She and her partner have 6 years of experience in this line of work. In recent years, with the experience she has acquired keeping bulls of varying weights, she's been able to sell between 8 and 12 bulls a year in the auction in her area.

Isabel will buy bulls between 350 and 400 kilos in weight, so that she can later sell them at a weight between 700-750 kilos in the Coto Brus cattle auction that takes place every Thursday. She has 9 hectares of land where the cattle can feed. She chose Fundacion Mujer because of the good service and low interest rates that they provide.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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