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The client is a young woman who lives with her two minor children. She lost her partner through sudden death caused by a heart attack, and had to look for a way to be self-sufficient and generate income for supporting her children.

She farms, growing vegetables such as sweet chili peppers, cucumbers, pear squash, and plantains. She has her father's help with the planting and harvesting work.

She sells her produce at the farmers market held on Thursdays and Saturdays in Turrialba canton, in Cartago province.

She is experiencing problems due to a lack of working capital for buying seeds and agricultural supplies in greater quantity. Having this would allow her to have a bigger harvest and better serve the demand from her clientele.

Among her goals is to be able to build her house.
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La clienta es una mujer joven que vive con sus dos hijos menores de edad,pierde a su compañero por muerte repentina , causada por un infarto ,teniendo que buscar la forma de ser autosuficiente y generar ingresos para mantener a sus hijos.
Ella trabaja en la agricultura de hortalizas como chile dulce, pepino, chayotes , malanga y plàtano verde.
Cuenta con el apoyo de su padre en las actividades de siembra y recolecciòn de la cosecha.
Sus productos los vende en la feria del agricultor, los dìas viernes y sàbados, ubicada en Turrialba, cantòn de la provincia de Cartago.
Se le presenta problemas de falta de capital para comprar mayor cantidad de semillas e insumos, que le permitiràn tener una mayor cosecha y asì atender mejor la demanda de su clientela.
Entre sus metas està el poder construir su casa.

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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.

About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 8
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,836,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 498.6
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Lauriet to buy sweet chili pepper and cucumber seeds, as well as manure and sprays for the plantings.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
22 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 20, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 17, 2014