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Lucia is 44 years old and an educator by profession. She previously suffered from a weight problem before starting to improve her health. Five years later, she began working with other people in the communities of Poás and Grecia. Lucia started a health, beauty, and wellness company and began working in different communities in the two cantons mentioned before. Her clientele includes 80 women and is growing. She provides support through exercise, motivation, and other aspects that focus on improving her clients’ quality of life and that of their families. Lucia presents herself as a hardworking woman. She wants to support other women as they improve their quality of life through exercise and motivation. Lucia currently lives with her two daughters in the District of Grecia in Alajuela Province.

Lucia started down the road of self-improvement through her work as an educator. Even though she did not exercise, she was able to improve her own health and that of her oldest daughter. By watching television, Lucia learned about the services offered by Fundación Mujer. With her two previous loans, Lucia was able to secure equipment and a vehicle so that she could provide better service to her clients. She has demonstrated an excellent payment history and growth as a micro-entrepreneur. In order to serve other groups in the District of Grecia, Lucia plans to invest in uniforms and audiovisual equipment for the classes that she will conduct.

Lucia meets with groups of women Monday through Friday. She conducts seminars and exercise sessions in the neighborhoods and communities of Poás and Grecia. Her daughters help with the business since it is the main source of household income. Lucia wants to grow with this investment now that she has equipment for her classes and a vehicle for traveling to the various communities. She has also been able to conduct annual events with the support of the local municipalities and the Ministry of Health. Her business shows potential for good growth projection.

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C 800.000

Lucia tiene 44 años de edad, de profesión educadora, y ante un problema de sobrepeso decide empezar a trabajar en mejorar su salud y después de 5 años la de otras personas de las comunidades de Poás y Grecia. Forma su empresa SEV (Servicios de Salud, Estética y Vida) trabajando en varias comunidades de estos 2 cantones con 80 mujeres y en crecimiento, apoyándolas con ejercicio, motivación y otros aspectos que les permita mejorar su calidad de vida y las de sus familias. Se presenta como una mujer trabajadora, con deseos de apoyar a otras mujeres a mejorar su calidad de vida por medio del ejercicio y la motivación. Vive actualmente con sus 2 hijas en la zona de Grecia en la Provincia de Alajuela.

Inició por auto superación y con ayuda de su trabajo como educadora, el cual no ejerce, mejorando su salud y su hija mayor. Por medio de la televisión se entera de los servicios de Fundación Mujer, ayudándole, por medio de 2 préstamos anteriores a conseguir equipo y un vehículo para mejorar la atención de sus clientas. Demuestra una excelente conducta de pago y crecimiento de su microempresa. Esta abarcando otros grupos en la zona de Grecia por lo que requiere de inversión en uniformes y equipo audiovisual para las clases que realiza.

Atiende grupos de mujeres de Lunes a Viernes dando charlas y ejercicios en los barrios y comunidades de Poás y Grecia, su hijas la apoyan en la actividad, que es la fuente principal de ingresos del hogar. Ha logrado crecer con inversión, cuenta con equipo para sus clases y un vehículo para desplazarse por las comunidades. Ha logrado realizar eventos anuales con el apoyo de las Municipalidades y el Ministerio de Salud. Buena proyección y crecimiento.

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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.

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  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 0
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  • $4,783,625
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 499.5
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,625 helped Lucia to buy uniforms and audiovisual equipment for her wellness company.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 10, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2014