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María is a young woman at 21 years old, married, has a two year old daughter. Energetic and hardworker, she fights to achieve what she wants. She became aware of the services of Fundacion Mujer through a flyer. She works selling products through catalogs from different companies. She started this activity hoping to get ahead, become independent and help herself with university studies. She has the support of her husband for collection and sales of the merchandise. Her customers are neighbors, family and workers of different companies in the community.
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María es una mujer joven con 21 años de edad, casada y madre de una niña de dos años. Esforzada y trabajadora, lucha por conseguir lo que se propone. Se dió cuenta de los servicios de Fundación Mujer por medio de volantes. Se dedica al comercio de ventas por catálogo de varias casas comerciales. Inició su actividad con la finalidad de superarse, independizarse y ayudarse a pagar sus estudios universitarios. Cuenta con el apoyo de su esposo para las ventas y cobros de la mercadería. Sus clientes son vecinos, familiares y trabajadores de diferentes empresas de 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.

About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 7
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,715,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 499.3
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Maria to buy catalog products for sale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 17, 2014