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Mario Alonso
Mario Alonso M. Ramirez is 45 years old and lives with his wife and two children in a community called San Ramon de Santa Teresita de Turrialba, in the province of Cartago. It is a small rural community. Its residents primarily work in producing milk, growing coffee and plantains, and raising pigs. The area has an irregular landscape and the majority is a tropical forest.

For the past 10 years, Mario has worked in transportation; specifically he sells and distributes merchandise all around Cartago. He relates that thanks to his work he has been able to progress and take care of his family.

Due to so much movement in his truck, it has had various problems and isn't in great condition; this is why Mario is seeking a $1200 loan to repair it and to buy the necessary parts for his truck. If his truck isn't in good shape, he can't carry out his work.

Mario is a member of the Ramonenses Agricultural Producers Association, one of the 100 partnership organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be his second loan with which he hopes to improve his standard of living and actively participate in the credit organization in his community.
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Mario Alonso M. R. es un señor de 45 años de edad que vive con su esposa y sus dos hijos en una comunidad llamada San Ramón de Santa Teresita de Turrialba, Provincia de Cartago. Es una pequeña comunidad rural. Sus pobladores se dedican a la producción de leche, la agricultura mayormente de café, plátano y también se da mucho la cría de cerdos. Tiene un relieve irregular y mucho del terreno se mantiene como bosque tropical húmedo.

Desde hace 10 años don Mario se dedica al transporte; él específicamente reparte y vende mercadería alrededor de la provincia de Cartago. Comenta que de esta forma ha podido salir adelante y mantener a su familia.

Debido a tanto desplazamiento en su camión, este ha sufrido diferentes daños y no está en muy buenas condiciones, por lo cual Don Mario requiere un préstamo de ¢656,000 (seiscientos cincuenta y seis mil colones) para la reparación y compra de repuestos para su vehículo, ya que si no está en condiciones apropiadas no puede realizar de forma efectiva su trabajo.

Don Mario es socio de la Asociación de Productores Agrícolas Ramonenses, una de las 100 organizaciones socias de EDESA en Costa Rica. Este será su segundo préstamo y con él espera continuar creciendo a nivel personal y económico además de participar activamente en la organización de crédito en su comunidad.

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

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 7
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $3,978,825
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 546.7
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Mario Alonso vehicle repair.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Mar 1, 2010
Listed
Feb 26, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Sep 21, 2011