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Banco Mujer Eben-Ezer Group
In this Group: Lucrecia, Aracelly, Aracelly, Alissa, Johanna, Elieth, Cindy
The Women´s Bank of Eben-Ezer is made up of 7 women members from Grano de Oro, Limón, located in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica. The name of this group, not to be confused with the name of an unpopular humbugger named Scrooge, was chosen by the members for its symbolic biblical meaning: ¨Hasta aqui nos ha ayudado Dios¨ which translates as ¨God helped us get to this point¨. The loan consultant who has been working with this group describes the women as experienced, enthusiastic, hardworking individuals who seek to improve their family living conditions and offer support to one another.

The members of this group are involved in various micro-entrepreneurial activities including clothing sales, animal rearing and magazine sales. This loan will serve as working capital, used to make general investments in each woman´s individual business. Specifically, this loan will be put towards the purchase of livestock, animal feed, clothing merchandise (sandals, shoes, jewelry) and magazines.

Lucrecia C. V. is the elected president of this group. She is a 54-year-old mother of 5 (and grandmother) who lives with her husband, daughter, and grandson in Grano de Oro. Lucrecia has a retail business. She plans to use this loan to invest in the purchase of merchandise such as clothing, shoes, and perfumes.

Lucrecia says her day starts in the early morning when she rises to take care of household tasks such as taking care of her grandchild, cooking, and cleaning. The rest of her day is dedicated to her business, making sales, collecting repayments or purchasing merchandise. Her long term goal is to own her own store in a central location where she could offer her clients various items to peruse. This would permit her to spend less time in the street, making sales from door to door. Her goals are to achieve economic stability for her family and improve their standards of living.

A major difficulty that has affected her business has been the global economic crisis in the form of a reduction in sales. Lucrecia hopes to overcome this obstacle by expanding her business and securing clients in other communities.

The members of this group have grown to know each other on a deep and personal level. They have lived in the same community for the majority of their lives and are largely neighbors, family members, and friends. Lucrecia says the advantage of the group lending model is the ability of each member to act as a guarantor for another member. She can´t see any disadvantages associated with this loan.

Additional Information

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 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.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 48
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,673,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 499.7
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Banco Mujer Eben-Ezer Group's $2,125 loan helped a member to purchase clothes, shoes, perfumes for resale; to purchase livestock; to purchase magazines for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 30, 2010
Dec 4, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2011