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Gabriela is 22 years old, single and lives with her children, who are her highest priority. With this loan, she intends to purchase fertilizers, fungicides and pay for manual labor to help with the coffee. She will also be able to purchase seedbed plants which will allow her to have a higher density of plants in each area. Se will also be able to take advantage of the fertile soil and the climate which are ideal for growing coffee.
With these improvements to her crop, she hopes to increase her earnings and in so doing improve the living conditions of her family, invest a little more in her growing area and meet some of her goals. This is the first loan that she has received from FUDECOSUR. Prior to this, she had not had any other loans in national banks, but FUDECOSUR has given her a loan with greater ease and a much lower interest rate.
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Gabriela, tiene la edad de 22 años, está soltera, vive con sus hijos que son su mayor prioridad. Con su crédito pretende hacer la compra de fertilizantes, fungicidas y pagar mano de obra en trabajos de asistencia para el café. Además de poder comprar unas plantas de almácigo para realizar resiembras y así aumentar la densidad de plantas por área, además de aprovechar la buena fertilidad del suelo y las condiciones de clima y otras que favorecen al cultivo de café. Con estas mejoras al cultivo espera obtener un poco de ganancias y así mejorar las condiciones de vida de su familia y también invertir un poco más en el área de cultivo y también cumplir algunas metas. Es el primer préstamo que recibido de FUDECOSUR. Él no había tenido antes otros préstamos en bancos estatales, pero FUDECOSUR le ha brindado el préstamo con mayores facilidades y la tasa de intereses mucho más baja.

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FUDECOSUR works in one of the poorest regions of Costa Rica, where microfinance institutions (MFIs) are scarce or have a hard time keeping up with demand for small loans. By providing mostly agricultural loans, FUDECOSUR reaches rural borrowers that many MFIs consider to be too risky. However, this has also made it more difficult for the organization to find stable sources of capital to lend. Kiva's flexible, risk-tolerant capital plays a critical role in helping FUDECOSUR grow its portfolio and support even more borrowers.


The Foundation for the Development of Southern Communities (FUDECOSUR) is dedicated to economically empowering its clients by providing credit and training programs that help improve living conditions for micro-entrepreneurs and their children across Southern Costa Rica. You can learn more about this Field Partner at

About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 38
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,441,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 500.7
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Gabriela purchase fertilizers, fungicides and pay for manual labor.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 9, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2015