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Brígida is a 45 year old woman. She is single and has four children. She lives with her partner in a common law marriage with her two children. One is a minor and one is grown. She is hardworking, humble and really wants to get ahead. She has worked at her business for nine years. She makes homemade bread and pastries. She uses the oven in her kitchen. She gets up very early to start her tasks at the business and during the day she goes out to sell her product. For her one of the most important things are her sales, since they help improve her and her family's quality of life. She has a daughter's help with the housework and the business. This is the first time she has asked for a loan from the Fundación to grow her assets.
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Doña Brígida es una señora con 45 años de edad, soltera y tiene cuatro hijos. Vive con su compañero en unión libre y también con dos hijos, uno menor y otro mayor de edad. Es trabajadora, sencilla y con muchos deseos de superación. Se dedica a su negocio desde hace nueve años. Ella hace pan casero, repostería. Utiliza el horno de su cocina. Se levanta desde muy temprano para empezar sus tareas en el negocio y durante el día salir a venderlos, debido a que para ella una de las cosas primordiales son sus ventas, ya que éstas le van a ayudar a mejorar su calidad de vida y la de su familia. Cuenta con el apoyo de una hija en los quehaceres domésticos y para su negocio. Es primera vez que solicita financiamiento a la Fundación para hacer crecer su patrimonio.

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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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  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 37
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,443,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 498.6
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $2,025 helped Brígida to buy an industrial oven and raw materials.
99% repaid
Repayment Term
22 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 2, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 18, 2015