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Marina is 52 years old, married, and has six children. She lives with her spouse and two youngest children who are both in school. She is a woman with a desire to succeed who makes a living selling catalogues because she saw that she could help her family economically without neglecting them. She has four years of experience in this business and it's going well. She sells to neighbours, relatives, friends, and people from her community. Marina's goal is to sell more, increase her income, and help her children who are studying. In this way she is improving quality of life for herself and her family. This loan will be invested in the purchase of merchandise such as cosmetics, clothing, and accessories.
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Doña Marina es una clienta con 52 años de edad, casada y tiene seis hijos. Vive con su esposo y dos hijos menores, los cuales estudian. Es una mujer con deseos de superación. Se dedica al comercio de ventas por catálogos porque vió que podía ayudar económicamente sin descuidar a su familia. Tiene cuatro años de experiencia en su negocio y le va bien. Sus ventas las hace a vecinos, familiares, amistades y personas de la misma comunidad. Su meta es vender más para obtener mejores ingresos y ayudar a sus hijos en los estudios. Así ir mejorando la calidad de vida de ella y de su familia. El préstamo lo va invertir en comprar mercadería como cosméticos, ropa y accesorios de uso personal.

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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.

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  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 19
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  • $4,507,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 498.5
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Marina to buy merchandise.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 14, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2013