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The Women´s Bank Of Dorcas Group
In this Group: Maria Ofelia, Ana L., Leyda, Yessenia, Stibalis, Carmen

Update on The Women´s Bank Of Dorcas Group

Ofelia is 66 years old, the single mother of 4 children, all adults now, just 2 of whom still depend on the productive activity she carries out. Ofelia is an artisan of the zone, very well known for the very original work she does. She sees this as is a gift that she has been able to exploit in a good way. Her customers are faithful to her production because these items are well-designed and of quality.

Ofelia makes the articles in the corridor of her house, requiring approximately one complete day to finish each one, depending upon the design solicited. Also, it is important to recall that she offers courses in artisan crafts for women of the community who wish to have their own income from their work. In Ofelia's case, it has permitted her to provide a better condition of life for her family.

She has selected the Women's Foundation for this loan because of her many years working with them, which have gone very well. Ofelia has been very responsible in making her monthly payments, completely paying off her debts.

Ofelia hopes that in the future, her granddaughter will continue to produce what she is teaching her to, so that this inheritance and ability will continue in the family.
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Doña Ofelia tiene 66 años de edad, es madre soltera de 4 hijos, todos mayores de edad, los cuales solo dos de ellas dependen en parte de la actividad productiva que ella realiza. Doña Ofelia es artesana de la zona, muy conocida por los trabajos tan originales que realiza, asegura que esto es un don que le ha permitido explotar de una buena manera ya que sus clientas son fieles a lo que ella realiza porque es un producto muy bien elaborados y de calidad. Ella sola confecciona estos artículos en el corredor de su casa, aproximadamente tarda un día completo, dependiendo del diseño que le soliciten. También es importante recalcar que ella imparte cursos de artesanía para las mujeres de la comunidad que deseen tener un ingreso propio, gracias a lo que realicen, como en el caso de doña Ofelia que le ha permitido brindar una mejor condición de vida a su familia.
Eligió Fundación Mujer porque tiene muchos años de trabajar con ellos y le ha ido muy bien ya que responde correctamente a los pagos que debe realizar mensualmente, hasta que logra cancelar su deuda por completo.
Ella espera que un futuro su nieta continué confeccionando lo que ella también le esta enseñando, para que esta herencia y habilidad continué en la familia.

Previous Loan Details

The name of this women’s bank, Dorcas, was chosen by the seven group members because it alludes to a woman in the Bible who did work in order to help other women like widows and older people; the help was usually in kind which is why this name alludes to communal bank methodology: women helping w... More from The Women´s Bank Of Dorcas Group's previous loan »

Additional Information

More information about this loan

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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This is a Group Loan

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About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 24
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,365,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 551.9
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A portion of The Women´s Bank Of Dorcas Group's $4,350 loan helped a member to buy primary materials to be able to make cushions, bags, purses, and clothing to sell.
60% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 20, 2014
May 31, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss: