However, three years ago she quit her job and now devotes herself full-time to her business. She has a costume jewelry business in a supermarket (PALI) that is well-known in her community. She also sells silver and gold-plated jewelry in an itinerant manner.
Thanks to her good experience, good administration, and the good service she offers her customers, it is going very well for her. Her goal is to grow, to succeed, and to, in this way, improve her living conditions.
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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.
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