Two years ago, she had to leave her position selling clothing and other items because her husband suffered a stroke, and it became difficult to travel to the area where she bought her merchandise. Therefore, she decided to make a living selling eggs, custards, and cheese, since there is a farm located very close to her house where she can buy these products.
Her husband's condition has improved, and with her new customers, her business is going very well. Each month, they sell approximately 2000 cartons of eggs, 200 bags of custard, and sufficient kilograms of cheese in order to be able to cover home expenses and personal needs.
Under these circumstances, Herenia never gave up and she wishes to continue in her business. For this reason, she is requesting the support of Fundación Mujer in order to buy sufficient cartons of eggs that she can distribute in the upcoming months.
She has been an excellent client of the foundation, and is sure that she can continue making her payments on time.
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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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