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Adelina is 56 years old and lives in Puntarenas, a city located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. She is a widow and the mother of two children, one of whom is a minor. Adelina established a recycling center in her home four years ago. She obtains raw materials from public institutions in the district and then sells them to two companies in Valle Central. Mostly she sells cardboard, glass, and paper.

Adelina is a disabled woman who suffered from polio when she was a young person. She was also in a traffic accident two years ago, which explains why she has a wheelchair that is not in good condition. Her recycling center provides jobs and is supported by local companies. Her greatest wish is to have a recycling center that is well-equipped and to be able to help other people with disabilities who are marginalized and lack jobs to support their families financially. Adelina is a leader in her community. With the help of a private company, she plans to open a photocopying center near the Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas.
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Adelina tiene 56 años, vive en Puntarenas, ciudad ubicada en la costa del Pacífico de Costa Rica, ella es viuda y madre de 2 hijos de los cuales 1 es menor de edad. Ella funda hace 4 años un Centro de Reciclaje en su casa, obteniendo su materia prima de Instituciones Públicas de la zona y vendiéndola a 2 empresas en el Valle Central, principalmente Cartón, vidrio y papel.
La clienta es una mujer discapacitada, sufrió poliomielitis de joven y además hace 2 años sufrió un accidente de tránsito razón por la cual tiene una silla de ruedas, en no muy buenas condiciones. En el centro de reciclaje genera empleo y es apoyado por empresas en la zona.
Su mayor sueño es contar con un centro de reciclaje bien acondicionado y poder brindar apoyo a otras personas con discapacidad, que son marginadas o no encuentran empleo para apoyar económicamente a sus familias. Ella es una líder en la comunidad y está buscando, por medio de una empresa privada, la apertura de un centro de fotocopiado, cerca del Hospital Monseñor Sanabria de Puntarenas.

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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
  • 38
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,441,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 502.6
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Adelina to buy supplies and equipment for her recycling facility.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 9, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 18, 2013