A loan of $900 helped for the purchase of raw materials.

Juana's story

Juana is 42 years old. She lives with her husband and 2 daughters in Corredores, a rural region of Southern Costa Rica. Juana has a business selling hand-made clothing, necklaces and bracelets from her home. She demonstrates a strong work ethic; assembling jewellery, making and selling clothes by day, while working evenings and nights in a local restaurant as a waitress.

Similar to the story of many low income individuals in Costa Rica, and across the world, Juana has found it impossible to obtain approval for a business loan from the local bank in Corredores. The bank requires a guarantor of a loan to be someone who is not part of her immediate family. Juana does not know any suitable guarantors, with a steady income and a secure job, other than her husband. From Juana´s perspective, the rules of the formal banking system have had the effect of excluding her from the financial services she seeks.

In an effort to extend the reach of financial services to deserving entrepreneurs, Fundacion Mujer proposes to lend Juana 500,000 colons (around $862 US), with her husband as the loan guarantor. This will be her second loan with Fundacion Mujer. Juana received her first loan in 2008 for 100,000 colons ($173 US) which was repaid from her business earnings, on time and in full, within 6 months.

With this loan, Juana plans to purchase raw materials such as cloth and necklace parts in an effort to expand her jewellery and clothes-selling business. Recently, many of Juana’s regular clients have inquired about the possibility of purchasing shoes. She would like to satisfy this demand and expand her business by providing quality footwear to her clients. She will use this loan to buy shoes from a contact in Panama to sell from her home in Costa Rica. Juana dreams of expanding her business and earning more money so she can provide a better standard of living for her family. She says that since starting her business 2 years ago, her self-confidence has increased. Juana is now a strong believer in her ability to improve living conditions for her family through her determination and hard work.

Your contribution is a direct investment in the betterment of the lives of families living in a poor community of southern Costa Rica. By lending to Juana, a hard-working entrepreneur, you are enabling her to build towards a higher standard of living. On behalf of Juana and her family, we thank you for your support.

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