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Marta
Marta González Velázquez is a 51 year old woman who lives with her husband and two children in a community called Santa Fe, which is located in Los Chiles, Alajuela Province. The community is situated in a mountainous area near the northern border of the country. The main economic activities are ranching and farming, with specific emphasis on the cultivation of grains, sugar cane, and oranges.


Doña Marta and her family have dedicated their entire lives to agriculture. She is especially interested in fattening pigs to sell. Doña Marta never had her own business and her situation motivated her to look for other sources of income to support her children with their studies and improve their quality of life.


She wants to obtain a microloan in the amount of 665,000 CRC to purchase more pigs and improve the infrastructure for raising them. With this loan she hopes to meet the demand for pork in her community. In doing so, she hopes to increase her business gradually so that she becomes a successful micro-entrepreneur.


Doña Marte is a member of the Manantial de Santa Fe Communal Credit Enterprise, one of 100 member organizations that make up EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her second loan and she hopes to improve her quality of life and that of her children. She says that these types of organizations motivate people to succeed and improve their position in life.

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Marta González Velázquez es una señora de 51 años de edad la cual vive con su esposo y sus 2 hijos en una comunidad llamada Santa Fe localizada en Los Chiles, provincia de Alajuela; está comunidad se destaca por ser una zona montañosa y por estar muy cerca de la frontera norte de nuestro país. Sus principales actividades económicas son la ganadería y la agricultura específicamente se da la siembra de granos básicos, caña de azúcar, naranja.

Doña Marta y su familia se han dedicado toda su vida a la agricultura, especialmente se ha interesado en el engorde de cerdos para su venta. Ella dice que nunca ha tenido su propio negocio y que su situación económica la ha motivo a buscar otros ingresos para mantener a sus hijos en la estudiando y mejorar su calidad de vida.

Ella desea obtener un micro crédito por un monto de ¢665000 (seiscientos sesenta y cinco mil colones) para comprar más cerdos y mejorar las condiciones de cuido e Infraestructura. Con este préstamo espera abastecer la demanda de carne de cerdo que hay en su comunidad y así hacer crecer poco a poco su negocio hasta llegar hacer una microempresaria exitosa

Doña Marte es socia de la Empresa de Crédito Comunal Manantial de Santa Fe, una de las 100 organizaciones socias de EDESA en Costa Rica. Este será su segundo préstamo y con el espera mejorar su calidad de vida y la de sus hijos. Asegura que este tipo de organización motivan a las personas para seguir adelante y mejorar su nivel de vida.

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
  • 16
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,065,825
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 561.5
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Marta purchase pigs & improve the conditions raising them.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Irregularly
Disbursed:
Apr 5, 2010
Listed
Mar 26, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jun 28, 2012