Costa Rica Beneficiaries

FINCA Juan Gabriel Lopez

Juan Gabriel Lopez

El señor se llama Juan Gabriel López Jarquín. Él es dueño de una ferretería en el Sahíno de Pital. Él se benefició con el proyecto ya que en su comunidad se vendieron muchas bicicletas. Don Juan Gabriel vende repuestos para bici en su ferretería entonces le ha servido mucho ya que les vende a los que han comprado bicis en la zona.

Juan Gabriel Lopez, commonly known as Jarquín, owns a hardware store in the Sahin of Pital. He benefited from the project in their community as many bicycles were sold. Jarquín sells bike parts in the hardware store to many of the new bike owners in this program.

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William Sandoval

William Sandoval is an employee of a company that produces snacks for the Central American region that is located in an industrial area in San Jose called Pavas. William is responsible for the basic maintenance of facilities, car washes and other various activities in the company.

William told us he had a bike before but it was stolen. Therefore commuter bus and had to take a month to pay 18,000 colones ($ 36). For his salary is a significant expense which is subtracted from what you can bring to your family. In the last container was sold a road bike for $20. With this support, now William can commute by bike to work.

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Juan Miguel Diaz

This red trek is on its way from a VA donor to new owner Juan Diaz in Coroma Costa Rica. Diaz uses his bike to cross the river by his house before nightfall and now has more time at home to spend with his three year old daughter. Before getting the bike, Diaz would have to sleep at work because he could not get to the river crossing site before the last boat left.

Here Susan Svrluga and Katherine Frey of the Washington Post follow the bikes from the DC area to Talamanca. Read more about their trek and see more of this red Trek in the 2011 Washington Post article.

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Marco Vinicio

Marco Vinicio sells ice cream and frituras—fried snacks—in the Costa Rican capital, San José. For years, “don Marco,” as he is known, traveled on foot from construction sites to offices to small shopping malls in a small section of the city. On any day, he could cover only a few sites and rarely sold more than a large bag of fried items and a few ice pops, generating the barest living for his wife and seven children.
Read more about Marco

FINCA Ronald Guzmán

Ronald Guzman

Ronald Guzman lives in Bahia Ballena Osa. He is a nature guide and outdoor photographer and thanks to a shipment of bikes from BfW now a bike rental owner.

Guzman says this business is a way for his family to make money investing not much money but getting plenty back. He cites that mostly the community is using the bikes but expanding to include more tourists is a priority. America.gov interviewed Guzman about his tour business in 2009.

Watch the America.gov interview

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Maria Christina

Maria Christina bought these bicycles for her children to get to and from school. Without these bikes the kids would have to travel many miles on foot.

She also says with the bikes errands are much easier and faster to complete. “Any little errand involves traveling and that is much easier on bike.”

FINCA Dona Karla

Karla Arguedas

Distance and time are two precious commodities we all struggle with daily. In remote areas in Costa Rica these obstacles often hinder and separate families. A bicycle can save time commuting and keep families together longer.

Dona Karla is a teacher in the low lands near the Nicaraguan border. This bicycle has made a dramatic difference in her life. She is now able to arrive to school on time and stay later to help students. She can run errands in town after work and still arrive home earlier giving her more time with her own family.

Superacion Feminina

Superacion Femenina

In 2003, 23 women in Cuatro Bocas, a community in northern Costa Rica, founded Superación Femenina (“Female Advancement”). They pooled their capital—a total of 50,000 colones, or $98—and began awarding micro-loans to finance income-generating activities of the members.

The women learned about Bikes for the World partner FINCA Costa Rica. In December 2005, Superación Femenina bought 20 bikes, reconditioned them and sold them in Cuatro Bocas, making a net profit of 85,000 colones, or $67. In April 2006, the group purchased 23 bikes and cleared 161,000 colones ($316). The bike profits were plowed back into Superación Feminina’s investments, increasing their portfolio of micro-loans, and their membership.

FINCA Chepe Cletas

Chepe Cletas

ChepeCletas is an initiative co-founded by Roberto Guzman which provides bicycle tours around the city visiting cultural and historical sites. The hope is to help San Jose win back the title of most beautiful city in Latin America. By doing the tours by bike, ChepeCletas promotes gas and energy savings, reduces pollution, and provides exercise and cultural enrichment opportunities.

With 10 bikes purchased under the agreement between FINCA and Bikes for the World, ChepeCletas is on its way to making this vision happen. San Jose, a city with large pollution and traffic problems sees this initiative as a solution. In fact, many others are beginning to leave cars at home and it is becoming more and more common to see people riding their bikes with their suits and ties!

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All beneficiary stories and photos courtesy of FINCA Costa Rica