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The Women´s Bank ¨women Of Faith¨ Group
In this Group: Secundina , Yorleny, Carmen, Yajaira, Angela, Leonor, Grace, Ester, Maria Isabel
The name of this group translates as The Women´s Bank ¨Women of Faith.¨ The nine women members live in Pococi, Limon, located in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica.

This will be the group's first loan with Fundación Mujer. The members of this group were referred to Fundación Mujer by an acquaintance in a nearby village who had had a positive experience with the organization in the past. The name of this group, ¨Women of Faith¨ was chosen by the members and to them, it signifies that each member is a woman of faith who is optimistic and confident that she will be successful in her endeavours. These entrepreneurs feel that with hard work and dedication, they will have great success.

During the Women´s Empowerment classes (which accompany the issuance of all loans granted from Fundación Mujer to groups of this size), the members of this group displayed exceptional interest in learning how best to manage their micro-businesses. They have acquired skills that provide a solid foundation on which to launch a small business in a way to maximize revenue and reduce costs. Additionally, the women who have been elected to the Board of Directors (Secundina, Yorleny, Carmen and Angela) possess a wealth of knowledge and experience acquired by working with women´s groups. This wisdom will surely be valuable as this group moves forward.

The women of this group are involved mainly in two types of productive activities : pig rearing and the production of bread and tamales. Each individual member will receive 150,000 Colones to invest in her business as she sees fit. The women involved in pig rearing will use this loan to purchase piglets as well as animal feed. The women involved in food production will use this loan to purchase raw materials necessary for bread and tamale production. Tamales are a staple Costa Rican food eaten all year round and especially around Christmas time.

Secundina B. C. is a 54-year-old mother of 5 who lives with her husband and two children in Pococi. She is also the elected president of this group. Secundina plans to use this loan to invest in ingredients to make bread and tamales which she will sell in her community. She starts selling her products in the street at 8 AM every day, and she works until everything is sold. A main obstacle for Secundina and other members of this group has been a lack of access to working capital, the high cost of raw materials, and difficulty securing a consistent market for her (their) goods. Secundina´s main goal is to secure a fixed market for her goods, so as to secure a steady flow of income and to allow her to spend more time producing goods instead of spending so much time selling her products in the street.

Secundina admits there are advantages and disadvantages to the group lending model. She says that the model allows women who would otherwise be denied a loan, the ability to secure startup capital. This is because many women in the Pococi community do not know anyone with a constant salary who can act as a guarantor. This debilitating factor is overcome by the group model, whereby each member acts as a guarantor for other group members. Secundina notes that a disadvantage of her group is that she fears some of the members may have trouble repaying their loans, but she is nevertheless a ¨Woman of Faith.¨

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.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 0
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  • $4,783,625
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 511.3
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of The Women´s Bank ¨women Of Faith¨ Group's $2,650 loan helped a member for the purchase of piglets, animal feed, and raw materials for bread making.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Sep 23, 2010
Sep 12, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 27, 2011