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Fundación para el Desarrollo de Base - Finding financing for farmers and micro entrepreneurs

Fundación para el Desarrollo de Base

Finding financing for farmers and micro entrepreneurs

Costa Rica

Fundación para el Desarrollo de Base (FUNDEBASE) was founded in 1995 by a group of leaders from five rural organizations assisting small farmers and rural micro entrepreneurs.

The objective of the initiative was to create an organization dedicated to promoting the development of the micro enterprise sector by obtaining financing, donations, training and technical assistance.

Most of FUNDEBASE’s clients live in rural areas and are involved in agriculture. However, the organization has branched out to support urban entrepreneurs active in commerce, services and small industry. Farmers generally have between two and five hectares of land on which they grow carrots, onions, potatoes and coffee.

The commercial sector is mostly represented by small clothes and appliances shops, grocery stores, restaurants and bakeries. Clients from the service industry include taxi drivers, car mechanics, cleaners and IT technicians.

Fundación para el Desarrollo de Base has been an Oikocredit partner since 2011.

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