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Banco Mujer Kábata Group
In this Group: Merari, Gricelda, Ana, Yolanda, Denia, Rudy, Odlie, Victoria
Merari is the president of Banco Mujer Kábata. She is 28 years old, has a five-year-old daughter and has been in a civil union for nine years. Both she and her partner work in their own small farm where they grow bananas. This activity is the only source of income for the family.

The loan will be invested in the purchase of inputs such as compost, fertilizer, fungicide, bags and others. This is the fifth loan that she has requested. The loans have greatly benefited her business, enabling her to get ahead and even helping her pay for college.

Merari has well-defined goals. She wants to increase the banana production, cultivate other crops and finish her university studies. All of this is so she can offer her daughter a better quality of life.

Alongside Merari, there are seven other members in the group who will invest in agricultural activities.
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Merari es la presidenta de Banco Mujer Kábata, tiene 28 años, una niña de 5 años, y vive en unión libre hace 9 años. Tanto ella como su compañero trabajan en una pequeña finca propia donde siembran plátano. Está actividad productiva es la única fuente de ingresos para la familia. El crédito se va invertir en la compra de insumos como, abonos, fertilizantes, fungicidas, bolsas otros. Este es el quinto crédito que ella solicita, y han sido de gran beneficio para su negocio, permitiéndole salir adelante, y hasta ayudarse a pagar sus estudios universitarios.
Ella tiene sus metas muy bien definidas, quiere aumentar producción de plátano, cultivar otros productos, y terminar sus estudios universitarios. Todo esto para darle una mejor calidad de vida a su hija.
Junto a Merari, a 7 socias mas en el grupo que van a invertir en actividades agropecuarias.

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.

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.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 18
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,502,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 499.4
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Banco Mujer Kábata Group's $5,625 loan helped a member to buy compost, fertilizer, fungicide, bags and other inputs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 1, 2012
Oct 10, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2014