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Banco Mujer Rescatar La Tierra Group
In this Group: Nuria, Marie, Tannia, Desideria, Martiliana, Jessica, Kimberly, Karen
Marie is the treasurer of the 'Banco Mujer Rescatar la Tierra' (Save the Earth Women's Bank). She is an indigenous woman from Talamanca area. Marie is 30 years old and has two dependent children. She lives together with her children and her partner.

Marie has been a client of Fundación Mujer for several years and has received three loans. She works in agriculture and grows plantains and bananas on a small farm where her partner also works. She will invest her loan in buying seeds, fertilizer, bags and other supplies for sowing her crops.

The main obstacles that Marie has had to face have been a lack of money with which to buy raw materials, weather-related factors that have destroyed all her crops, and the low price at which she has been forced to sell her produce.

This loan will be a great help for Marie and the seven other members of this bank. The other women will also invest their loans in growing plantains and bananas. This will enable them to support their households, enjoy better living conditions and offer their customers better produce.
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La señora Marie es la Tesorera de Banco Mujer Rescatar La Tierra, una mujer indígena de la zona de Talamanca, con 30 años de edad, madre de 2 hijos, ambos menores de edad, con quienes vive junto a su compañero.
Es clienta de Fundación Mujer hace varios años y ha tenido 3 préstamos. Se dedica a actividades agropecuarias, y cultiva plátano y banano en una pequeña finca donde también trabaja su compañero; El crédito se va a invertir en la compra de semillas, abonos, bolsas, y otros insumos para la siembra.
Los principales obstáculos que ha tenido que enfrentar es la falta de dinero para comprar materia prima, factores climatológicos que han llegado a destrozarles todo sus cultivos y el bajo precio al que se ven obligadas a vender el producto.
El financiamiento va a ser de gran ayuda para ella y para las 7 socias del Banco Mujer, que al igual que Marie va a invertir en la agricultura de plátano y banano, ya que les va a permitir llevar el sustento al hogar, tener mejores condiciones de vida y ofrecer a sus clientes mejores productos.

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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.

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
  • 54
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,673,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 507.7
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Banco Mujer Rescatar La Tierra Group's $3,175 loan helped a member to buy seeds, fertilizer and bags, and to pay laborers.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 30, 2011
Oct 5, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 16, 2012