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Guisselle M. L. is 40 years old, married and has two children. She lives in Caballo Blanco, Cartago, located in the central valley of Costa Rica. Guisselle has a business producing handmade woven garments including sweaters, toques, gloves, scarves, socks, etc. She also offers decorating services for special events such as birthdays, communions, and work parties. Her main source of revenue is her garment business, but she involves herself with both activities in order to maintain a steady stream of income. Guisselle has been working in this capacity for the past eight years. Her revenue generating activities have helped her to provide for her children.

This will be Guisselle's first loan with Fundación Mujer. Guisselle decided to apply for a loan after completing a capacity building course in business administration at the Foundation. With this loan, Guisselle plans to make investments in both of her productive activities. Specifically, she plans to buy different colors of high quality wool and make repairs to her weaving machine by replacing the cones. She also plans to use the loan to purchase balloons and party decorations. Currently Guiselle has pending orders in both of her activities. She lacks sufficient working capital in order to make investments, which would enable her to satisfy the demands of her clients. This loan will help to address this obstacle.

With two children and a home to take care of, Guisselle is busy most days until 3 PM. She dedicates the hours between 3 and 6 to weaving. If necessary, she will weave after dinner until 11 PM. When she provides party decoration services, her husband assists her. Guisselle´s long-term goal is to fulfill her business plan, which includes generating sufficient revenues from her productive activities in order to open a weaving workshop and a gift shop. As mentioned, the main factor inhibiting the growth of her business is a lack of access to working capital. Guisselle plans to use this loan to make bulk purchases of quality raw materials, which will ensure a better price from her suppliers and lower her overall costs of production.

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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.

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  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 57
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,673,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 502.4
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Guiselle to purchase weaving materials and party decorations and to repair equipment.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 30, 2010
Dec 3, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 18, 2012