A loan of $1,075 helped expand her home, buy consumables, and buy new species of orchids.

Odiney's story

Odiney S. G. is a 56 year old woman who lives in the northern zone of Costa Rica in a small community called San Rafael de Florencia de San Carlos. San Rafael is a rural community in which the majority of its inhabitants raise cattle, for both beef and milk. The climate is hot, and is also visited by tourists who travel to see the Arenal volcano, rivers with crystal blue water, thermal springs, lakes, mountains, and other beautiful natural places that can be found in this area. Agriculture is also near the zone, primarily the growing of pineapple, yucca, oranges, and beans.

Odiney is a mother of 4 children. Her husband abandoned her a few years ago and she was left with sole responsibility to take care of her children. For this reason, 6 years ago she began a business growing and selling orchids and other varieties of plants. Her oldest daughter helps her with the business.

Three years ago Odiney had to have an operation on her heart so she couldn’t do the tasks that demanded a lot of physical effort, so she enjoyed taking care of her orchids. She says that seeing the flowers grow, bloom and then to be able to share with others all this beauty is something that fills her with happiness.

Today Odiney is asking for 600,000 colones loan in order to expand her home, obtain new species of orchids, buy consumables for the reproduction and care of her plants. With this she hopes to grow her business and in this way improve her quality of life.

Odiney is part of the “Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Florencia (ECCSAR)” (Florence Community Credit Business), one of 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This is the second loan that she seeks. The first was for 125,000 colones and it was repaid punctually.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cindy Kendall

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