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Here is Alciria’s story:

“My name is Alciria. I am from Costa Rica and the mother of a teenager who is 14. I live in a rural area that is 45 kilometers outside of the capital. I raise cattle for fattening and then sell them at the livestock fairs. I also own dairy cows and use the milk to make sour cream, butter, cheese, and other products.

I work hard so that I can provide for my son’s daily needs and his education. I want him to become a professional in the future. I am requesting a loan of 1,035,000 CRC so that I can buy two dairy cows in order to increase milk production and generate more earnings.

I am grateful for having my business and to my local Communal Bank for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams and those of my son.”

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Mi nombre es Alciria, costarricense, madre de un adolescente de 14 años, vivo en una zona rural ubicada a 45 kilómetros de la capital, me dedico a crear ganado para engorde el cual vendo en las ferias ganaderas y ganado para la producción de leche,con la cual elaboro productos como natilla, mantequilla, queso y otros.
Trabajo fuertemente para darle a mi hijo lo que necesita a diario y para los estudios, ya que deseo que sea un profesiona en el futuro. Estoy solicitando un crédito por un millón treinta y cinco mil colones (¢1.035.000)
para comprar dos vacas y aumentar la producción de leche, elaborar mayor cantidad de productos lácteos y a la vez aumentar mis ganancias.
Agradezco a este proyecto y a la empresa de crédito comunal de mi zona la oportunidad que me da para realizar mis sueños, y los de mi hijo.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

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

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 54
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,673,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 498.5
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $2,100 helped Alciria to buy two dairy cows.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
39 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 28, 2015