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Maria Isabel
Maria Isabel is a 38 year old woman who lives with her husband and three children (12,16, and 19 years old) in a small community called Trinchera de Pital, located in the Alajuela province. The main economic activities in the area are livestock and agriculture, especially cultivation of pineapples, which are mainly sold internationally. For this reason, community development has grown in the last few years, generating a larger demand for products and services, and providing people with more opportunities for work.

She works making clothes for all types of people. She sells her sewing to her neighbors in the community, who are satisfied with the quality.

Currently, Maria Isabel is asking for a loan of 600,000 colones to purchase a sewing machine. With this investment, she hopes her small business will grow, so that she can serve more customers and offer them better clothing items. All of this will help her improve the quality of her life.

Maria Isabel is a member of the community bank Mujeres al Éxito [Women for Success] in Trinchera de Pital, one of the 110 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be her second loan, and with it she hopes she can continue growing personally and financially, as well as participate actively in organizing loans in her community.
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Maria Isabel es un señora de 38 años de edad quien vive con su esposo y tres hijos, uno de diecinueve y el otro de dieciséis años de edad y el otro de doce años de edad, en una pequeña comunidad llamada la Trinchera de Pital localizada en la provincia de Alajuela; cuyas principales actividades productivas son la ganadería y la agricultura, donde destaca el cultivo de la pina; siendo estas comercializadas principalmente en los mercados internacionales. Por esta razón, el desarrollo de la comunidad ha venido creciendo en los últimos anos generando una mayor demanda de productos y servicios brindando mayores oportunidades de trabajo.
Ella se dedica a creación de prendas, para todo tipo de persona. Ella vende sus costuras a los vecinos de la comunidad, quienes se muestran muy satisfechos por la calidad.
Actualmente Maria Isabel está solicitando un microcrédito de₡600.000 (seiscientos mil colones), para la compra de una máquina de coser.
Con esta inversión espera que su microempresa crezca más, para poder atender a mas clientes y ofrecerles mejores prendas. Todo esto ayudara a mejorar sus condiciones de vida.
Doña Maria Isabel es socia de la Empresa Comunal de Mujeres al Éxito de la Trinchera de Pital, una de las 110 organizaciones socias de EDESA en Costa Rica. Este será su segundo préstamo y con el espera continuar creciendo a nivel personal y económico, además de participar activamente en la organización de crédito en su comunidad.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

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
  • 11
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,061,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 501.5
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Maria Isabel to purchase a sewing machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jul 21, 2011
Listed
Aug 1, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Aug 18, 2013