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Shirley De Jesus
Shirley is a 36-year-old woman living with her family in a rural community in Costa Rica called Mollejones de Platanares, Pérez Zeledón. Mollejones is a community located 150 kilometers south of San José Province, Costa Rica’s capital. It’s 850 meters above sea level. Vegetables and coffee are grown there. In addition, other activities, like cattle and pig raising, take place as well. There are also some organic farming projects and vegetables growing hydroponically. Besides farming, the community also has repair shops, a supermarket, small restaurants (snack shops) and a furniture store.

Shirley has been raising pigs for some time. Since she started this project she’s had good results because she’s been well-received by the community and income generated has helped her support her family.

At present, what Shirley wants is to request a ¢500,000 (five-hundred thousand colones) loan to buy pigs and feed that she needs for her pig raising project. She hopes that with this her micro business will grow and generate more income to improve her living condition.

Shirley is part of the “Bancruce” communal bank, one of EDESA’s 110 social organizations in Costa Rica. As a member, it’s received a micro loan that has helped them grow as micro entrepreneurs.
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Shirley es una señora de 36 años el cual vive con su familia en una comunidad rural de Costa Rica llamada Mollejones de Platanares, Pérez Zeledón. Mollejones es una comunidad ubicada a 150 kilómetros al sur de la Provincia de San José, la capital de Costa Rica. Se encuentra a 850 metros sobre el nivel del mar. Ahí se cultivan hortalizas, café y además se desarrollan otras actividades como la crianza de ganado de engorde y de cerdos. Existen también algunos proyectos de agricultura orgánica y hortalizas en hidroponía. Además de la agricultura en la comunidad hay talleres mecánicos, un supermercado, pequeños restaurantes (sodas) y una mueblería.

Desde hace algún tiempo Shirley se dedica a una porqueriza. Desde que inició este proyecto los resultados han sido buenos, ya que ha tenido una gran aceptación en su comunidad y los ingresos que ha generado lo han ayudado a sacar adelante a su familia.

En estos momentos lo que desea Shirley es solicitar un préstamo por ¢500,000 (quinientos mil colones) para comprar cerdos y alimento, que necesita para su proyecto de porcicultura. Con esto espera que su microempresa crezca y llegue a generar más ingresos para mejorar su condición de vida.
Shirley forma parte de la Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Bancruce una de las 110 organizaciones socias de EDESA en Costa Rica. Como socio ha recibido un microcrédito que le han permitido crecer como microempresarios.

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
  • 33
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,168,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 508.7
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Shirley De Jesus to buy pigs and feed.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
32 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Sep 26, 2011
Listed
Sep 28, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Apr 30, 2014