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Yendry Gabriela
Yendry is 26 years old. She is the divorced mother of 3 children but she is currently living with her former husband, the father of her 3 children. She says that she has been working since she was a little girl. She worked with her mother and sisters. Her mother, who does the same work, has provided for her 6 children through the manufacture of different garments. Yendry tells us that she has manufactured well-made garments since she was 15 years old. Her mother makes the patterns and Yendry assembles the pieces. Yendry has worked for many years as a leading exporter of ornamental plants from her area. Three months ago, when cutting the stem of these plants, she cut her finger. It does not stop her from working on garments, but it has not completely healed.
She began this work at 15 years, and since she was very young it has been very normal for her to see machines and fabrics in her home. In recent years, she has achieved growth. Everyone in the area will buy the clothing she makes which has led her to apply for financial support to buy three machines herself.
She sells in an itinerant manner, serving customers who work in businesses, companies, and to housewives. She has a broad portfolio of 50 clients in her community.
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Yendry tiene 26 años de edad, es madre de tres niños, divorciada, pero actualmente esta conviviendo con su ex esposo, el papá de sus tres hijos. Ella me comenta que desde muy niña trabaja con su madre y hermanas ya que su mamá que también se dedica a lo mismo ha logrado salir adelante con sus seis hijos gracias a la maquila de diferentes prendas. Ella me indica que desde los 15 años de edad confecciona prendas bien acabadas, ya que su mamá les confeccionaba los moldes y ella debía armar la pieza, Yendry trabajo durante muchos años en una exportadora de Plantas Ornamentales de la zona, hace tres meses cortando el tallo de estas plantas se amputo su dedo meñique, eso no le impide trabajar en la confección de ropa, aunque no le ha sanado completamente.
Inicia con su actividad desde hace 15 años , ya que para ella desde muy niña le es muy normal ver máquinas y telas en su casa, en los últimos años ha logrado crecimiento, todas las personas de la zona le compran la ropa que confecciona, lo que la lleva a solicitar apoyo económico para comprar las tres máquinas propias.
Ella vende en forma ambulante, atendiendo clientes que trabajan en negocios, empresas y amas de casa, ha logrado consolidar una cartera amplia de 50 clientes en la comunidad.

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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
  • 49
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,673,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 554.3
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,825 helped Yendry Gabriela to purchase sewing machines.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 14, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 19, 2015