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Marta Teresa
Marta Teresa is the hardworking mother of five children. Her dressmaking business allowed her to educate her children, who now have careers. She is known in the area for making and altering clothing and sewing suits and uniforms for school, band activities, and other uses. Because she has run her business for more than 25 years, local institutions use her services. She has two home machines and her own shop, and she has just payed for her car.

Originally Marta offered alterations in the area; she become know and started her business. Her business is strong, her clients are loyal, and her merchandise is high quality. She wants to use this loan to buy an industrial sewing machine to increase output and to service other markets that she now reaches by car. She chose to work with Fundación Mujer because the institution offers low interest rates and good service.
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Madre de 5 hijos y mujer trabajadora, con su negocio de costura ha logrado que ellos estudien; teniendo 5 hijos profesionales. Reconocida en la zona por la confección de ropa, arreglos y además elaboración de trajes y uniformes para actividades escolares, de bandas y cualquier cosa que le soliciten. Ha mantenido su negocio por más de 25 años, por lo que es solicitada por todas las instituciones de la zona. Trabaja con 2 maquinas caseras, cuenta con su taller propio y está terminando de pagar su carro.
Inicia ofreciendo sus servicios en la zona para el arreglo de ropa, se empieza a dar a conocer y a darle forma a su negocio.
Actividad consolidada en la zona, tiene un mercado fijo y su producto es de muy buena calidad. Desea este crédito para invertirlo en una máquina industrial, logrando aumentar su producción y así atender otros mercados; que ha logrado abrir con el vehículo que posee. Eligió Fundación Mujer porque ofrecen tasas de interés bajas y un buen servicio.

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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
  • 10
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,494,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 497.8
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,225 helped Marta Teresa to buy a sewing machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
19 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 2, 2013
Dec 5, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 24, 2015