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Cristina is fifty-one years old and lives with her family in the community of Turrialba, in the province of Cartago. The city of Cartago was founded in 1563 by the Spanish conquistador Juan Vázquez de Coronado. It served as the capital of Costa Rica until 1823 and was the seat of the first permanent international court in world history, the Court of Cartago. Its mountainous landscape is formed by two mountain ranges: the Central range and the range of Talamanca.

Cristina makes her living as a seamstress. She makes pieces of clothing commissioned by neighbors in the community and also sells some clothing for children as well as curtains that she makes herself. For this, she needs to buy fabrics, thread, and other materials.

It is for this reason that she is requesting a loan in the amount of 700,000.00 CRC in order to buy a certain quantity of fabric, accessories, and other materials.

This is the first loan that she has requested for the project and she assures us that it is a great blessing both for her and for her family, since this way she will be able to give them a better quality of life. Cristina is a member of the Empresa de Crédito Comunal (communal credit organization) of CREINSA, one of the 150 associate organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica, which benefit a great number of entrepreneurial and visionary people.
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Cristina tiene 51 años de edad y vive con su familia en la comunidad de Turrialba, en la provincia de Cartago. La Ciudad de Cartago fue fundada en 1563 por el conquistador español Juan Vázquez de Coronado, fungió como capital de Costa Rica hasta 1823 y fue sede de la primera corte internacional permanente de la historia mundial, la Corte de Cartago. Su relieve montañoso está formado por dos cordilleras: la Central y la cordillera de Talamanca.

Cristina se dedica a la costura, ella confecciona prendas de vestir encargadas por los vecinos de la comunidad, además vende algunas prendas para niños, cortinas confeccionadas por ella , necesita para esto comprar telas, hilos y otros materiales.

Es por esto que ella está solicitando un crédito por el monto de 700,000.00 (setecientos mil colones) para comprar cierta cantidad de telas, accesorios y otros materiales.

Este es el primer préstamo que solicita al proyecto y asegura que le es de gran bendición tanto a ella como a su familia, ya que así logrará darles una mejor calidad de vida , Cristina es socia de la Empresa de Crédito Comunal de CREINSA, una de las 150 organizaciones socias de EDESA en Costa Rica, que benefician a gran cantidad de personas emprendedoras y visionarias.

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As a small and relatively young MFI located in Costa Rica, EDESA has difficulty attracting other sources of capital. Many other microfinance funders do not work in Costa Rica, because overall the country is too rich. However, organizations such as EDESA work with extremely marginalized populations in Costa Rica that really need the access to capital that EDESA provides. By funding EDESA, Kiva lenders are allowing the organization to grow and reach more people than they otherwise would be able to reach.

About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 3
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,820,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 505.0
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,400 helped Cristina to buy fabrics, threads, and materials to make pieces of clothing.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 3, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 28, 2015