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Stephanie is a 30 year old woman who studied dental mechanics in the University of Cartago, province of Costa Rica. Now she is married and has a one year old son. She worked as an intern in the Calderón Guardia Hospital and now her mom has given her the opportunity to build a small laboratory in the front part of the house. There she will be able to work making prostheses and other devices that are used in dental correction and dental health, which she will sell to dentists and orthodontists.

In this way she will be able to further develop her profession in a more stable way to have better income and later on be able to obtain another degree. Stephanie is a woman who has fought to succeed and wants to pass this on to her small son, giving him an example that women can be many things, as people, woman and professionals.
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Stephanie es una mujer de 30 años quien estudió Mecánica Dental en el Colegio Universitario de Cartago, provincia de Costa Rica
Ahora esta casada y tiene un niño de un año. Ella ha trabajado como interina en el Hospital Calderón Guardia, y ahora que su mama le da la posibilidad de construir un pequeño laboratorio en la parte del frente de su casa, ella podrá realizar ahí su trabajo que consiste en elaborar prótesis y otros aparatos que se utilizan en la corrección y salud dental, los cuales venderá a odontólogos y ortodoncistas .
De esta forma ella podrá desarrollar su profesión en forma más estable para tener mejores ingresos y más adelante sacar otra carrera. Stephanie es una muchacha que se esfuerza para superarse y desea transmitir esto a su pequeño hijo dándole un ejemplo de que las mujeres pueden realizarse en muchas áreas , como personas, mujeres y profesionales.

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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.

About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 43
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,436,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 502.1
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Stephanie to buy the necessary equipment for her dental laboratory.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
32 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 27, 2012
Feb 4, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 18, 2013