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Ana Gabriela
Ana Gabriela is a 29-year-old mother of two who lives with her husband, children and a friend in her mother-in-law's house in Las Vegas del Tortuguero, located in Limón near the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Ana works on a farm owned by her mother-in-law. She is involved in the rearing and selling of pigs and chickens, and in catalogue sales. Her clients include neighbours and members of the larger community. An obstacle for Ana has been the water system which she uses to wash the pig pen. The pump and hoses often break down, making her task all the more difficult. This loan will be used to finance the purchase of one pig and to make reparations to the existing pig pen. Ana organizes her work day so that in the morning she tends to the animals, and in the afternoon she completes her household duties. Her main goal is to generate as much income as possible from pig, chicken and catalogue sales. She works so that (with the help of her husband) she will one day be able to move out of her mother-in-law´s house and into her own house.

The loan consultant that has been working with Ana describes her as an exceptionally hardworking mother. She undertakes her work with much enthusiasm because she has seen how the income she earns as a result of her productive activity contributes significantly to family well-being. Specifically, Ana has been able to make contributions to a savings account which she plans to use to finance the construction of a new house.

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In Costa Rica, funding for microfinance institutions is hard to come by, and many institutions find themselves having difficulty growing and reaching all the demand for loans that exist. Kiva works with Fundacion Mujer because it attends a very marginalized population in Costa Rica, with a specific focus on women. In addition to the loan, Fundacion Mujer provides specialized training programs for their borrowers on everything from computer classes to salon training. Because of the difficulty in obtaining capital in Costa Rica, Fundacion Mujer cannot serve all the women that need loans. Therefore Kiva plays a unique role in helping Fundacion Mujer grow its portfolio and reach borrowers it otherwise would not be able to.

About Fundacion Mujer:

Fundación Mujer is an organization specializing in the financial and personal development of female entrepreneurs in Costa Rica. They seek to reach underserved populations that may include indigenous communities, immigrants, refugees, victims of domestic violence or women living with HIV/AIDS. Fundación Mujer offers courses in both business and personal development, as well as training in concrete skills such as sewing and other crafts.

About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 36
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,441,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 552.1
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,100 helped Ana Gabriela to purchase a pig and repair the pig pen.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 17, 2010
May 22, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2011