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Laura
Laura, 29, lives with her family in a community called Brasilia in the province of Alajuela. There is much tourism in this area because of the Arenal volcano located in the nearby Monteverde cloud forest in the lowlands in the northern part of the country. There are five national parks in Alajuela, a national wildlife preserve, five protected areas and several forest reserves. In the province there is also the Juan Santamaría Museum which exhibits locally produced crafts. The region is also the top coffee and cane sugar producer.

Since 2009 Laura has been in business but had to close because a lack of economic resources. She has a printing/bazaar business where she offers printing services, photocopying, bazaar articles and, in the future, Internet services. Her customers are the community neighbors who are very satisfied with her quality.

Laura is requesting a micro-loan of 400,000 CRC to buy supplies and repair a printer. She wants to provide the best customer service possible and must provide an additional income for the household.

Laura is a member of the communal bank Brasilia S.A., and she is very grateful for the opportunity to have access to a loan which will help her meet her goals.
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Laura tiene 29 años de edad y vive con su familia en una comunidad llamada Brasilia, en la provincia de Alajuela. Por esa área se da mucho el turismo por motivo del Volcán Arenal ubicado en sus cercanías, con el bosque nubloso de Monteverde y las tierras bajas del norte del país. 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 el 2009 Laura se dedica a su negocio y se cerró por falta de recursos económicos. Ella tiene una librería/bazar, se ofrece servicio de librería, fotocopiado, artículos de bazar y próximamente BN servicios. Brinda sus servicios a los vecinos de la comunidad, quienes se muestran muy satisfechos por la calidad.

Actualmente Laura está solicitando un microcrédito de 400,000.00 (cuatrocientos mil colones), para la compra de materiales y también para reparar su impresora, ya que quiere darles a sus clientes una mejor calidad de servicio, necesita solventar y tener otro ingreso económico para su hogar.

Laura es miembro de la Empresa de Crédito Comunal de Brasilia S.A, razón por la cual está muy agradecida por las oportunidades de acceso al crédito que esta le brinda y poder llevar a cabo sus proyectos de vida.

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

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 26
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,365,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 506.0
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Laura to buy supplies and repair a printer.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 13, 2012
Listed
Jan 25, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Feb 21, 2014