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The Women´s Bank Of Dorcas Group
In this Group: Maria Ofelia, Ana L., Leyda, Yessenia, Stibalis, Carmen, Marilyn*
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Update on The Women´s Bank Of Dorcas Group

The name of this women’s bank, Dorcas, was chosen by the seven group members because it alludes to a woman in the Bible who did work in order to help other women like widows and older people; the help was usually in kind which is why this name alludes to communal bank methodology: women helping women.

The bank's leader is Ofelia, who works in retail selling crafts and clothing. This is her main source of income. Her children are grown and also help her with finances, although not enough to live on. This is why she runs her own business.

The loan will be used to buy catalogue merchandise, cosmetics, underwear, perfumery-all items that are well received in their markets because they offer credit to their customers, something that would be impossible if it weren’t for the loans offered by the Fundación. In addition, being able to count on having working capital on hand makes it possible for them to take advantage of special sales the suppliers of their products offer during various seasons in the year like Mother’s Day, national festivals, end-of-year festivals. These special promotional events are strictly cash only.

Among the group’s future plans is to be able to continue putting in their little grain of sand toward their families’ economy because they live in a part of the city with employment, sub employment and unemployment rates that are very unfavorable for women, because they have low academic levels and are of an age that many employers consider them no longer productive; thus the importance self-employment has for them.
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El nombre de este Banco Mujer Dorcas, fue escogido por las siete integrantes del grupo, y es en alusión a una mujer que la biblia presenta como una mujeres que hacia trabajos, para poder ayudar a otras mujeres, vuidas, y personas mayores, con una ayuda que generalmente era en especie; por esta razón el nombre es alusivo a la metodologia de banca comunal, mujeres apoyando a mujeres.
El banco mujer tiene como lider a Ofelia, mujer que se dedica a la actividad de comercio, asi como a la confección de artesanias y confección de ropa, esta combinación de actividades, es el mayor sosten para ella, ya que todos sus hijos ya hicierón vida aparte y recibe de ellos un apoyo económico, que no es lo suficientemente grande, de allí que ella necesite realizar sus actividades para el complemento de su manutención.
El préstamo se destinara a la compra de mercadería de catálogo, cosméticos, ropa interior, perfumería, articulos que tienen una muy buena aceptación dentro del mercado que ellas atienden, ya que ellas ofrecen la posibilidad de dar crédito a sus clientas, algo que no podrian hacer de no contar con la oportunidad de financiamiento que Fundación les ofrece, ademas el poder contar con un capital de trabajo, les permite tener acceso a las promociones que las casas proveedoras de los articulos que comercializan hacen para diferentes temporadas del año, como lo es día de la madre, fiestas patrias y fiestas de fin de año,estas promociones son estrictamente de contado.
Entre los planes a futuro de las integrantes del grupo esta, poder seguir aportando un grano de arena a la economía familiar, por vivir en una zona del país con indicadores de empleo, subempleo y desempleo, muy desfavorable para las mujeres, por tener ellas grados bajos de escolaridad y una edad que para muchos empleadores, las consideran inproductivas; de allí la importancia que este autoempleo tiene para ellas.

Previous Loan Details

The Women’s Bank of Dorcas is a group comprised of 7 women members who live in Paso Canoas, Puntarenas. Each individual member is involved in a commercial activity such as sewing or various types of sales (shoes, clothing, jewelry, livestock and catalogue items). Each woman will use this loan to ... More from The Women´s Bank Of Dorcas Group'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.

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This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

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About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 22
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,356,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 498.7
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A portion of The Women´s Bank Of Dorcas Group's $4,525 loan helped a member to purchase various merchandise for sale such as shoes, clothing, livestock and jewelry.
99% repaid
Repayment Term
19 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 31, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2014