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"It will have a big impact on the community"
“I didn’t know what a business plan was before but thanks to the training we have received I now know what a business plan is for.”
“We are in the cooperative building that will house the coffee roaster. We will be able to roast our own coffee to give it added value - roasted, ground and packed. I didn’t know what a business plan was before but thanks to the training we have received I now know what a business plan is for.
We came up with various ideas to compare and decide which would give us the best results. We put down corn, beans, coffee, as well as pig and chicken breeding. But out of all these it was coffee that stood out. It is what we produce most of here and what we sell more of in the market.
We received help designing the plan from an Inspirator from ActionAid and from the UCA San Ramón. They helped us write up the plan together with the women members of the cooperative.
It made me very happy when we presented the business plan we had written in the UCA San Ramón because they told us we had classified and that the plan would be implemented. For me this was a very happy and emotional occaision, we have always dreamed of giving our coffee added value and that our children would some day receive a salary, that they can work with this business plan, in this coffee roasting plant.
I felt very motivated and happy, because in the history of our community there has never been a coffee roasting plant. I think this will have a great impact on our community.”
Name: Dionisia Valdivia
Age: 53 years
Municipality: San Ramón
Organization: UCA San Ramón