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María De Los Angeles

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María has devoted herself to sewing and commerce for 26 years. This shows her perseverance and effort in the development of her business activity. A year ago they found a health problem that was contained. It was found in time, and it was possible to start treatment. She met other women undergoing the same process. They told her about the technique of quilting . She started to attended courses where she learned how to correctly make bags, quilts, and cosmetic bags. In these past months she has managed to sell them to her friends who take them as far as Mexico and France.

She is a tenacious woman, and she is very methodical in managing her accounts and with her merchandise. She wishes to have this loan in order to be comfortable when sewing her products, building her seamstress shop in the garage at her house.

She started this commercial activity thanks to her own capital. She advanced with her sewing thanks to the loans provided by the Fundación Mujer. She bought more sewing machines, which facilitated the work. This has allowed her to start making and selling pajamas, sheets, quilts, bags, and cosmetic bags.

María has managed to overcome this stage, and she is working with quilting as a type of therapy. This has gone very well for her.

Her son, her husband, and her business activity help with the household income. This has allowed her to improve her working conditions without having to use space in the house. She chose the Fundación Mujer because she has been requesting loans from this institution for years. She does so because of the easy terms and the low interest rate.
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Desde hace 26 años doña María se ha dedicado a la costura y el comercio, lo que muestra su constancia y empeño en el desarrollo de su actividad. Hace un año le detectaron un problema de salud encapsulado, se detecto a tiempo y fue posible iniciar el tratamiento, conoció a unas señoras en el mismo proceso, que le comentaron sobre la técnica Quilting, empezó asistir a cursos donde aprendió correctamente como confeccionar bolsos, edredones y cosmetiqueras, que ha logrado vender en estos últimos meses a sus amigas que llevan hasta México y Francia. Es una mujer luchadora y muy ordenada, tanto en el manejo de sus cuentas como en su mercadería. Desea este crédito para encontrar la comodidad al confeccionar sus utensilios, construyendo su taller de costura en la cochera de su casa. Con su actividad de comercio inicio gracias al capital propio, con la costura avanzo gracias a los créditos que le brindo Fundación Mujer para comprar más máquinas de coser que le facilitaran el trabajo, lo que le ha permitido introducir la elaboración y venta de pijamas, sabanas, edredones, bolsos y cosmetiqueras. Doña María ha logrado superar esta etapa y se encuentra trabajando como tipo de terapia con el quilting en el cual le ha ido muy bien. Para los ingresos del hogar tiene el apoyo económico de un hijo, su esposo y la actividad productiva que ella realiza. Esto le va a permitir mejorar su condición de trabajo sin necesidad de utilizar los espacios de su casa. Eligió Fundación Mujer ya que lleva varios años solicitando los créditos en esta institución por la facilidad en los trámites y baja tasa de interés.

Previous Loan Details

María de los Ángeles M. S. is 55 years old and lives with her husband and two children. Owing to her financial situation, María couldn't go to university. She is a very hard-working and responsible person who took the decision to become a saleswoman since her husband lost his job and she had to... More from María De Los Angeles's previous loan »

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.

Concurrent and Successive Loans

Our Field Partners often work with borrowers over a series of loans as the borrowers build credit, take out bigger loans, and expand their businesses. In order to make it easier for our Field Partners to post loans for borrowers who have been listed on Kiva before, we allow them to post successive and concurrent loans for their Kiva borrowers. This means that our Field Partners are able to post a borrower's second, third, etc., loan on Kiva without having to re-enter all of the borrower's information.

This borrower has been listed on Kiva before, so you'll see an updated loan description, as well as excerpts of the original descriptions from earlier loans. Most borrowers take out loans consecutively, meaning that they receive a second loan after having repaid the first. However, sometimes our Field Partners give out concurrent loans, allowing borrowers to take out one primary loan and a secondary "add-on" loan along with it. These "add-on" loans are typically smaller than the borrower's primary loan and serve a different purpose. Because Field Partners can now post loans as successive and concurrent loans, you will be able to track borrower progress over time and see the various ways a borrower is working with our Field Partners through funds from Kiva’s lenders.


About Costa Rica

  • $12,900
    Average annual income
  • 3
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    Costa Rica Loans Fundraising
  • $4,836,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 548.5
    Costa Rica Colones (CRC) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,825 helped María De Los Angeles to build her seamstress shop and to buy raw material.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 30, 2014
May 1, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 29, 2016