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Mary
Mary C. Núñez is a 50 year old woman. She is a resident of the Costa Rican rural community of San Cristóbal Norte, located 45 kilometers south of San José. San Cristóbal is a slightly mountainous area where you will find different types of businesses such as vegetable farms, coffee plantations, arts & crafts, livestock farms and more. Doña Mary lives with her husband and their two children.


For 15 years, Doña Mary has been in the tailoring business, making primarily woolen garments. She sews different types of clothing and then sells them to businesses in the community and the surrounding areas. Some pieces are even sold from her home. Her microbusiness has helped improve her family’s living conditions considerably. She says her business is successful because of her ability to provide good service to everyone and meet their demands.


Doña Mary now requires a loan of 200,000 colones ($350 USD) to buy a special sewing machine and materials such as fabrics, threads, etc. With this investment, she expects to increase production and improve output quality. She claims that through this loan she will attract more customers, offering better choices and high-quality products.


Doña Mary is a member of the Community Credit Corporation of San Cristobal Norte (SACRIN), one of the 100 partner organizations affiliated with EDESA in Costa Rica. She has received 20 microloans and paid them all responsibly.

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Mary C. Núñez es una señora de 50 años de edad, vecina de una comunidad rural de Costa Rica situada 45 kilómetros al sur de San José llamada San Cristóbal Norte. San Cristóbal es una zona un poco montañosa donde se desarrollan actividades como el comercio, agricultura de hortalizas, café y otros, artesanía, ganadería y muchas otras actividades. Doña Mary vive con su esposo y con sus dos hijos.

Desde hace 15 años que doña Mary inició un negocio de confección de ropa, mayormente confeccionando prendas de lana. Ella elabora diferentes tipos de prendas de vestir que luego vende en negocios de la comunidad y sus alrededores o incluso la llegan a buscarla a su casa. Su microempresa ha ayudado a que la condición de vida de su familia haya mejorado considerablemente. Dice que el poder brindar un buen servicio a las personas y cumplir con sus exigencias, son la base del éxito del negocio.

Actualmente doña Mary requiere un préstamo de ¢200.000 (doscientos mil colones) para comprar una máquina especial para coser y materiales como telas, hilos, etc. Con esta inversión espera poder incrementar su producción y mejorar la calidad de los productos. Afirma que gracias a este préstamo podrá atraer a más clientes, ofrecer mejores alternativas y mejorar considerablemente la calidad de sus productos.

Doña Mary es socia de la Empresa de Crédito Comunal San Cristóbal Norte (SACRIN), una de las 100 organizaciones socias de EDESA en Costa Rica. Ha recibido 20 microcréditos y los ha cancelado responsablemente.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

As a small and relatively young MFI located in Costa Rica, EDESA has difficulty attracting other sources of capital. Many other microfinance funders do not work in Costa Rica, because overall the country is too rich. However, organizations such as EDESA work with extremely marginalized populations in Costa Rica that really need the access to capital that EDESA provides. By funding EDESA, Kiva lenders are allowing the organization to grow and reach more people than they otherwise would be able to reach.

About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 39
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,441,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 581.9
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $350 helped Mary buy a sewing machine & materials.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Jul 22, 2009
Listed
Jul 14, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Aug 23, 2011