Please Help Keep My Book Store Alive!

$2,135 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 57 months

I started Jaime Peligro book store in Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica nearly eleven years ago. The past four or five years have been difficult and I have gone into debt. I am a single father with custody of my son, Sam, 6 years old now & the best thing to ever happen in my life. I would like to be able to pay my back-taxes here, to avoid the possibility of the shop being closed by the local municipality. I would also like to be able to pay my debt to a Costa Rican book distributor, so I can start stocking travel guides, books about the area, etc., again. I will begin receiving my Social Security in June, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. I feel like I have been community-oriented throughout the time I have had the shop. Right now, keeping custody of Sam is my priority.

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Between this site & the Tamarindo fundraiser for me, $4000 was raised. I have started selling my collectible & signed books at a bargain price & have been able to raise $200 more: $4200 is exactly 60% of my goal & I am encouraged by that. I just need to pay off my 2 distributors here & I can restock all my books pertaining to Costa Rica (travel guides, history, dictionaries, etc.) I am trying to sell more of my "top end" items at a greatly reduced price to pay these bills. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. The small donations add up! Sharing this post is also considered a positive contribution. Thanks again to everyone who have gotten us this close to making the store whole again!
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OK, I have received my 1st monthly social security check! It is enough to pay for Sam & I to live here, so the store only needs to pay for itself. It can't do that selling only used books. So, I need to pay my distributor & start receiving new books, like field guides, dictionaries, for the travelers & visitors here. If you feel more comfortable sending a contribution directly to them, I will be happy to email you their bank information. I REALLY want to keep Jaime Peligro Book Store alive!
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I'm not giving up: the donations on this post of $50 or less account for more than half the total! The "small" contributions are actually BIG! I'm still trying to make this shop available to the public, to pay for itself. All I need is to pay off my distributor & start getting travel books in again for the travelers.
My social security checks, which begin in June, will pay for Sam & I to live here. Let's keep culture alive in Tamarindo.
The "small" contributions count. Another way to participate is to "share" this post & I am asking you to do that now.
There is so much more to a book store than just books. Anyone who has been in my shop can attest to this. Let's keep this institution, here for more than 12 years, available for the next generation!
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Thanks for all the recent contributions & shares. We are getting there, little by little. Once I pay off my debt to my distributor, I can restock my shelves with publications that the travelers need. The store will pay for itself & Sam & I can live off my pension, which begins this month: there is method to my mathematics... Please "share" if you would like to see a good old fashion book store make it in Paradise. All the individual contributions have truly added up. Thanks to everyone!
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Alison Halderman
54 months ago

Everywhere I travel I look for kids' books. At Jaime Peligro I found so much more, most of all an owner who was helpful in many ways, to tourists and children, residents and neighbors. The postcards by low income teenagers, the assistance with getting mail for people, the good selection of bilingual kids books and local wildlife guides...and the walls covered with postcards and currency from delighted customers from all over the world.

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Helena Fogarty
57 months ago

Jaime Peligro is such a great, wonderful business. It really improves the quality of life in Tamarindo. Especially in an area where there's a lack of bookstores (an indoor play spaces for my 2 year old!) How hard is it to find books in english in Tamarindo? Pretty hard. How awesome is it to grab a coffee at cafe tico and then wander over to Jaime Peligro. Pretty awesome, especially if you have a toddler who loves to run into Jim's store and play! This business is so much more than business in Tamarindo, and my family will be very sad if Jim must close. Let's do what we can to keep him going!

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$2,135 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 57 months
Created December 8, 2013
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JB
$20
Jared Brekenfeld
17 months ago
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I hope this helps you keep your bookstore. There is always a need for a good bookstore.

SC
$50
Susan Cook
52 months ago
1
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My visits to Tamarindo would not be the same without your bookstore!

CH
$25
Carolyn Herman
52 months ago
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1

I'm with Toh...down with zombies!

TG
$25
Toh Gouttenoire
52 months ago
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1

Will fight the brainless, bookless zombies in our town!

$20
Anonymous
52 months ago
RB
$20
Rodgers Bestgen
53 months ago
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hey Jim wish I could do more

DC
$25
Daniel Campos
53 months ago
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Wishing you and your family all the best. Shalom

$25
Anonymous
54 months ago
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$50
Anonymous
54 months ago
Alison Halderman
54 months ago

Everywhere I travel I look for kids' books. At Jaime Peligro I found so much more, most of all an owner who was helpful in many ways, to tourists and children, residents and neighbors. The postcards by low income teenagers, the assistance with getting mail for people, the good selection of bilingual kids books and local wildlife guides...and the walls covered with postcards and currency from delighted customers from all over the world.

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Helena Fogarty
57 months ago

Jaime Peligro is such a great, wonderful business. It really improves the quality of life in Tamarindo. Especially in an area where there's a lack of bookstores (an indoor play spaces for my 2 year old!) How hard is it to find books in english in Tamarindo? Pretty hard. How awesome is it to grab a coffee at cafe tico and then wander over to Jaime Peligro. Pretty awesome, especially if you have a toddler who loves to run into Jim's store and play! This business is so much more than business in Tamarindo, and my family will be very sad if Jim must close. Let's do what we can to keep him going!

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