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Ana is a client who has a history with the Fundación. She is forty two and lives with her only son and her partner. She has always worked as a seamstress. She has a lot of experience with cutting and sewing things such as curtains, bathroom sets, sheets, pajamas and clothes to order. In her house, she has a room set up as a workshop. She has several sewing machine and one of them has broken. That is why she has asked for a loan to buy another one of better quality. This way, she will improve the quality and finishing touches of her work and give her customers a better service.
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Doña Ana es una clienta con trayectoria en la Fundación. Tiene cuarenta y dos años, vive con su único hijo y con su compañero. Siempre se ha dedicado a las costuras. Ella tiene gran experiencia en corte y confección de prendas tales como cortinas, set de baños, sábanas, pijamas y costuras a la medida. En su casa tiene un cuarto acondicionado como taller de costura. Tiene varias máquinas de coser, de las cuales una se le dañó y debido a eso es que pide un préstamo para comprarse otra de mejor calidad. Asi mejorar la calidad y acabado de sus prendas y dar un mejor servicio a sus clientes.

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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.

About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 47
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,677,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 498.6
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Ana to buy an industrial overlock sewing machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 2, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 17, 2014