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Maria De Los Reyes
Maria, 40, lives with her husband and children in a community called Upala de San Carlos which is in the province of Alajuela. There are five national parks in Alajuela, a wildlife national reserve, five protective areas and several forest reserves. Also in the province is the Juan Santamaría Museum which exhibits locally produced crafts. This area ranks first in national coffee and cane sugar production.

For several years Maria has been involved in agriculture. She now has her own land, approximately 3/4 of a hectare, which she inherited from her parents. But she is lacking what she needs most for the business to take off and benefit the local community. She claims her project is very interesting.

She is requesting a micro-loan of 400,000 CRC to buy passion fruit seeds. This will help grow her business and increase her family's quality of life.

Maria is a member of the communal bank Delirio which is one of the 110 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This is her first loan and with it she hopes to continue growing both personally and economically. She wants to participate actively in her community's loan organization.
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Maria es un señor de 40 años de edad, el cual vive con su esposo e hijos, en una comunidad llamada el Upala de San Carlos, en la provincia de Alajuela. En Alajuela existen cinco parques nacionales, una reserva nacional de fauna silvestre, cinco zonas protectoras y varias reservas forestales. También en la provincia se ubica el Museo Juan Santamaría, el cual exhibe artesanías producidas localmente. Esta zona ocupa el primer lugar nacional en la producción de café y azúcar de caña.

Desde hace varios años que Maria tiene este negocio de actividad agrícola, ya que cuenta en estos momentos con el propiedad que le heredaron sus padres de aproximadamente ¾ de hectáreas, pero le falta lo principal para que su negocio surja y para que los vecinos de su comunidad se vean beneficiados. Dice que el proyecto le es muy interesante.

Actualmente Maria está solicitando un micro crédito de ¢400.000 (cuatrocientos mil colones) para la compra de semillas de maracuyá. Con esto el espera hacer crecer su negocio y mejorar tanto su calidad de vida como la de su familia.

Maria es socio de la Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Delirio, una de las 110 organizaciones socias de EDESA en Costa Rica. Este será su primer préstamo y con él 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
  • 57
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,320,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 500.6
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Maria De Los Reyes to plant passion fruit.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Irregularly
Pre-Disbursed:
Sep 2, 2011
Listed
Sep 26, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Apr 19, 2013