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Wilmer Antonio
Wilmer is 54 years old. He was born in Barranquilla, but he comes from a family of shoemakers of Paisan ethnicity (from the department of Antioquia.) He lives in the Soledad 2000 neighborhood with his wife, but he works in the La Concepción neighborhood to the north of the City of Barranquilla. He is a cobbler; he offers the service of fixing shoes and in addition he purchases purses and shoes to sell to his customers. With this work he has always supported his family and has managed to acquire his own home.

Although this is the first time that he is receiving a loan from the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, he is very hopeful and happy with this new financing. He found out about this organization because a friend recommended it and likewise he recommends it to many more people so that they can benefit like him.

His dream is to advance his family and that every member of his family will achieve their particular goals. He plans to replace the roof of his kiosk and improve the image of his business by painting it. In addition he will restock his supply of purses and shoes, especially for the carnival season when sales increase. To do this he requests a loan of $1,500 to buy ready-made purses and shoes.

Wilmer works with his brother in a kiosk at the side of a church located on a corner in the La Concepción neighborhood where he has been located for 18 years. Although many of his relatives are cobblers, he started working in a shoe company as a messenger. After his brother taught him the skills of shoemaking and repair, that he himself had learned from his grandfather, Wilmer began working as a cobbler. For 4 years he walked the streets with a small case and a box shouting "Cobbler!" until the priest of the church offered him and his brother the space that they now occupy. From the start he liked it because there was no other cobbler stand and now he has more than 800 customers. He is satisfied that his good references and letters of recommendation from his customers will serve to help him access credit. His kiosk is located in a commercial zone, next to a supermarket and many other stores. His customers come from all parts; they leave their shoes with Wilmer and make their purchases while Wilmer fixes them. He is careful with the repairs that he makes. For example, when replaces the heel on a shoe he always adds stain and polishes the shoe so that you can't tell that it's been repaired, because he knows that satisfied customers are the ones that will return. They want to have their used shoes look like new, and for this reason they seek out Wilmer. Normally he has 20 customers, and at times even 30. In these months between November and February he is very busy because the new year is starting for the students and the schools.
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Wilmer Antonio tiene 54 años de edad. Nació en Barranquilla, pero proviene de una familia de zapateros de origen paisa (del departamento de Antioquia). Vive en el barrio Soledad 2000 con su esposa, pero trabaja en el barrio La Concepción al norte de la Ciudad de Barranquilla. Su negocio es la zapatería; en él ofrece el servicio de arreglar calzados, pero también compra bolsos y zapatos para venderlos a sus clientes, con ello ha sostenido siempre a su familia y ha logrado adquirir vivienda propia.

Aunque es la primera vez que recibe un préstamo de la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, está muy expectante y contento con este nuevo financiamiento; se enteró de esta entidad porque un amigo se la recomendó y así mismo él recomienda a muchos más personas para que como él se beneficien.
Su sueño es que su familia avance y que cada integrante de ella logre sus metas particulares; planea cambiar el techo de su kiosco y mejorar la imagen de su negocio pintándolo, si como también surtirlo de bolsos y calzados especialmente para la época de carnavales donde ocurre un incremento en las ventas, para ello solicita financiamiento por valor de $ 1.500.000 para comprar bolsos y zapatos ya elaborados.

Wilmer, en su negocio trabaja con su hermano en un kiosco al lado de una iglesia ubicada en una esquina en el barrio La Concepción donde se ubica desde hace 18 años. Aunque tiene muchos parientes zapateros, empezó trabajando en una empresa de calzado como mensajero. Después su hermano le enseñó la zapatería—que aquél había aprendido de su abuelo—y Wilmer empezó trabajando como zapatero. Durante 4 años caminaba por las calles con maletín y caja gritando “¡Zapatero!”, hasta que el sacerdote de la iglesia le ofreció a él y a su hermano el espacio que ahora tienen. Desde el principio le gustó porque no había otro puesto de zapatería y ahora tiene a más de 800 clientes y esta satisfecho de sus buenas referencias y cartas de recomendación de ellos que le sirven para acceder al crédito. Su Kiosco está ubicado en una zona muy comercial, cerca de un supermercado y de muchos almacenes; sus clientes vienen de todas partes, dejan sus zapatos con Wilmer y hacen sus compras mientras Wilmer los arregla. Cuida la calidad de los arreglos que hace, por ejemplo cuando pone una tapa en un zapato siempre añade tintilla y lustra el calzado para que no se note la diferencia, porque sabe que los clientes contentos son los que vuelven y ellos quieren tener su calzado usado como si fuera nuevo, por eso buscan a Wilmer. Normalmente le vienen 20 clientes y a veces hasta 30 y en estos meses entre noviembre y febrero se encuentra muy ocupado porque el nuevo año está empezando para los estudiantes y los colegiales.

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About Fundación Mario Santo Domingo

Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD) is a non-profit organization in northern Colombia dedicated to developing programs for the country’s poorest communities. In addition to numerous social services, FMSD runs a microfinance program to strengthen micro-businesses in the areas where it works. The organization also offers several non-financial components as part of this program, including training to help entrepreneurs start their own businesses.

About Colombia

  • $6,070
    Average annual income
  • 177
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,171,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,963.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $775 helped Wilmer Antonio to buy purses and shoes to sell at retail.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Dec 23, 2009
Listed
Jan 22, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Jan 15, 2011