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Stefanny Isbell
Stefanny, 19, is a young, single woman. She has been making all kinds of accessories for two years. Stefanny studies in a night school and she is in 10th grade. Her will to get ahead and generate her own income motivated her to make different types of handicrafts, such as armbands, necklaces, earrings, dreamcatchers, t-shirts, curtains and sheets with hippie-style decorations. Her customers are mainly students and tourists that visit the region. Her products are attractive, since they are of good quality and never go out of style.

Stefanny is a creative young woman. She needs this loan to buy materials to make her handicrafts. She chose Fundación Mujer because of the low interest rate they offer and their good customer service. In the future, she hopes to have more capital, grow and make her business sustainable. This will help her to continue with her studies and to have a job with a stable salary.
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Stefanny es una joven de 19 años de edad, soltera. Desde hace dos años se dedica a confeccionar todo tipo de bisutería, es estudiante de décimo año en un colegio nocturno, sus deseos de superación y ganas de generar sus propios ingresos la llevan a confeccionar diversidad de artesanía, desde pulseras, collares, aretes, atrapa sueños, camisetas, cortinas, sábanas con decoración estilo hippie. Su clientela se basa en estudiantes y turistas de la zona Sur. Su producto llama la atención porque es algo que no pasa de moda y gusta mucho por su calidad. Stefanny es una joven muy creativa, ella necesita este crédito para comprar suficiente mercadería y confeccionar su diferente artesanía. Eligió Fundación Mujer por la baja tasa de interés y la buena atención que se le brinda. En un futuro ella desea capitalizar, crecer y mantenerse con el tiempo ya que esto le permite continuar sus estudios y lograr obtener un trabajo con salario estable.

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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
  • 38
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,441,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 503.5
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $1,300 helped Stefanny Isbell to buy materials for her handicrafts.
99% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 12, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 17, 2014