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Alfredo, 48, lives with his family in the community of Turrialba in Cartago Province. The city of Cartago was founded in 1563 by the Spanish conquistador, Juan Vázquez de Coronado. It was Costa Rica’s capital until 1823 and seat of the first permanent international court in history, the Corte de Cartago. Its mountainous terrain is formed by two mountain ranges: the Central and the Talamanca ranges.

Alfredo is a farmer, specifically coffee. This product is planted from small seedlings called “almácigo” which is purchased as individual plants according to the available area for planting. They can be planted to harvest the beans or to produce more seedlings to supply to other farmers. In Alfredo’s case it’s both.

Because of this he’s asking for a 500,000 (five-hundred thousand) colon loan to buy a certain amount of plants and to buy manure, insecticide, fungicide and other supplies needed for crop care.

This is the fourth loan he’s had with the project and it’s been of great help and blessing for him and his family since he’s managed to give them a better quality of life and has reached many goals thanks to the financing.
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Alfredo tiene 48 años de edad y vive con su familia en la comunidad de Turrialba, en la provincia de Cartago. La Ciudad de Cartago fue fundada en 1563 por el conquistador español Juan Vázquez de Coronado, fungió como capital de Costa Rica hasta 1823 y fue sede de la primera corte internacional permanente de la historia mundial, la Corte de Cartago. Su relieve montañoso está formado por dos cordilleras: la Central y la cordillera de Talamanca.

Don Alfredo se dedica a la agricultura, específicamente a la siembra de café, este producto se siembra en matas pequeñas llamadas almácigo, este almácigo se compra en matas individuales según el área disponible para sembrar, se puede sembrar para cultivar el grano o bien para producir más almácigo y proveer a otros agricultores, en el caso de don Alfredo es con ambos propósitos.

Es por esto que él está solicitando un crédito por el monto de 500,000.00 (quinientos mil colones) para comprar cierta cantidad de matas y para comprar abonos, plaguicidas, insecticidas y otros insumos necesarios para el mantenimiento de este cultivo.

Este es el cuarto préstamo que ha tenido con el proyecto y ha sido de mucha ayuda y bendición para él y su familia, ya que ha logrado darles una mejor calidad de vida y ha cumplido muchas metas gracias a este financiamiento.

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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
  • 12
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,059,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 505.0
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $1,000 helped Alfredo to buy coffee seedlings.
96% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 3, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss: