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Melania
Melania Catalina R. is a 63 year-old widow, who lives with her 2 children in a community called Santa Fe, which is located in Los Chiles in the Alajuela province. This community is in a mountainous region very close to the northern border of the country. The main economic activities there are livestock and agriculture, particularly the cultivation of staple grains, sugar cane and oranges.

Two years ago, Melania started a business selling clothing. She has a place close to her house where she has her own clothing store, which she has gradually developed over time. However, she tells us that the lack of financing has been an obstacle to growth.

For this reason, Melania needs a loan of 300,000 Costa Rican colones, to buy more clothing and improve the condition of her shop. With this loan, she will make her store look better and be able to offer more options to her customers, who say that they are very satisfied with the new store.

She is a member of the communal bank "Manantial de Santa Fe," one of the 100 organizations that are members of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her first loan, and with it she hopes to continue growing as a businesswoman.
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Melania Catalina R. es una señora de 63 años de edad, viuda, la cual vive con 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.

Desde hace 2 años doña Melania inició un negocio venta de ropa. Ella tiene un local cerca de casa, ahí tiene su propia tienda de ropa la cual ha podido sacar adelante poco a poco. Sin embargo ella asegura que por falta de financiamiento se ha quedado un poco estancada.

Es por eso que Doña Melania necesita un préstamo de ¢300.000 (trescientos mil colones). Para comprar más ropa y mejorar las condiciones del local. Con esto ella logrará que su local se vea mejor y pueda ofrecerles más opciones a sus clientes que dicen estar muy contentos con la nueva tiendita

Ella 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 primer préstamo, y con él espera crecer seguir creciendo como microempresaria.

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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
  • 8
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $3,979,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 515.0
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD