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Milena is a 30-year-old single mother of two who lives with her children in Desamparados, Costa Rica.

Milena has a sewing business; she produces items such as pajamas, primary and secondary school uniforms, and special orders for her neighbors. She plans to use this loan to finance the purchase of raw materials necessary for sewing children’s and adult’s pajamas, one of her most popular products.

As a single mother, Milena must be organized. She wakes up early in the morning in order to prepare the meals for the day. She sends her children to school, following which she is dedicated to the production of various clothes. She carries out the tasks of her business until 5 p.m. at which time she starts to prepare dinner. After dinner, she continues sewing until 10 p.m.

Milena aspires to one day own her own production facility where she can provide employment for many women and improve living standards generally.

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More information about this loan

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 Costa Rica

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 7
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $3,978,825
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 515.0
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Milena to purchase raw materials necessary for the production of pajamas.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 16, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 16, 2012