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Cristina María

Update on Cristina María

María, age 39, lives in Isla de Chira, Costa Rica. She lives with her husband and their daughter, who is currently attending high school.

María has a business selling catalogue items door-to-door in her community. She offers potential clients items such as colognes, cosmetics, underwear, and jewelry in an effort to make a contribution to the family income. María's husband earns a living as a fisherman when he can, but often the fishing season is restricted, forcing him to find other types of work in order to meet the familiy's basic financial needs.

María plans to use this loan to finance the purchase of various catalogue products. She has already collected the orders from clients in her community. All she requires now is the working capital with which to purchase the items she intends to sell. In order to make these purchases, María must travel by boat to Puntarenas, across the Nicoya Gulf, which takes about two hours each way.

María is a hard-working, ambitious entrepreneur. She organizes her day in order to optimize her productivity. In the mornings, she carries out the domestic tasks at home and sends her daughter to school. When María travels to Puntarenas, she wakes up at 4 a.m. because the boat leaves at 6 a.m. and the walk from her home to where the boat leaves is long. In the afternoons, she visits her clients and collects orders. At night, María attends night school, where she is in the process of completing her high school certificate.

María's goals are to increase her client base and to gain clients in all parts of the Isla de Chira, the island where she lives. She hopes to be able to finance the studies of her daughter in the future. María says her main obstacle is the competition she faces from other vendors. She doesn't let this deter her, though, because she says ¨there is sufficient diversity in products.¨

Previous Loan Details

María is a 38-year-old mother who lives in Isla de Chira, Costa Rica. She lives with her husband and daughter who is currently attending high school. María has a business selling catalogue items door-to-door in her community. She offers potential clients items such as colognes, cosmetics, under... More from Cristina María's previous loan »

Additional Information

More information about this loan

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.

Concurrent and Successive Loans

Our Field Partners often work with borrowers over a series of loans as the borrowers build credit, take out bigger loans, and expand their businesses. In order to make it easier for our Field Partners to post loans for borrowers who have been listed on Kiva before, we allow them to post successive and concurrent loans for their Kiva borrowers. This means that our Field Partners are able to post a borrower's second, third, etc., loan on Kiva without having to re-enter all of the borrower's information.

This borrower has been listed on Kiva before, so you'll see an updated loan description, as well as excerpts of the original descriptions from earlier loans. Most borrowers take out loans consecutively, meaning that they receive a second loan after having repaid the first. However, sometimes our Field Partners give out concurrent loans, allowing borrowers to take out one primary loan and a secondary "add-on" loan along with it. These "add-on" loans are typically smaller than the borrower's primary loan and serve a different purpose. Because Field Partners can now post loans as successive and concurrent loans, you will be able to track borrower progress over time and see the various ways a borrower is working with our Field Partners through funds from Kiva’s lenders.

About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 55
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,673,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 500.6
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Cristina María to purchase various catalogue products to offer for sale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 16, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 17, 2014
This photo was used before for a previous loan for Cristina María. It was first posted on Kiva on Jul, 2010. Learn More