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Nora Elena
Nora Elena García B. is 33 years old and lives in the traditional neighborhood Olaya Herrera in Cartagena. She is a native of the town of San Juan de Nepomuceno in the department of Bolívar, which at the this moment has been hit with insecurity, violence and forced displacement, requiring Nora to flee this conflict area 5 years ago to the city of Cartagena. She fled along with her 3 children of 9,7,and 2 years and her husband, who works in the countryside since he could not find decent work in the city. It was thus that she assumed the responsibility of supporting the household, practicing her trade as a seamstress that she learned when she was very young. With the help of a generous couple who gave her a sewing machine she was able to start, with great enthusiasm, the business that she has today. She hopes to see this business grow and help her family become more prosperous, and she directs all of her efforts toward these goals.

She feels satisfied with her life, and gives thanks to God daily for being alive. She reaffirms the saying that every cloud has a silver lining, because with the displacement she found the opportunity to have a better future in a different place, which perhaps she might not have had in the place where she was born. In her business, called "Confecciones Angie" (Creations by Angie), she buys fabrics and supplies at low cost and makes economical dresses. She says that with this business she helps alleviate the problem that people have in her neighborhood of not having enough money to buy new clothing, and says that "her customers feel very satisfied being able to wear a new dress for the first time."

Her first loan with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation was for $1,500, which she paid back strictly according to the established schedule. She invested it in a variety of merchandise that helped her to obtain greater profits, which enabled her to acquire new household appliances and utensils that she did not yet have. She is now applying for a loan of $2,000 that she will use to buy raw materials and supplies to make clothing, to buy shoes and baby clothes to put on sale in her glass display case, and to acquire a new sewing machine, because in addition to making clothes she also sells merchandise in her neighborhood.

Her greatest dream is to have a home and a place to organize and expand her business, managing to acquire state-of-the-art technology and positioning herself in the market offering many jobs and generating profits to help the human, spiritual and professional growth of her children and future employees. Her current challenge is that she lacks the adequate training and machinery to do work of the best quality and to start, along with her husband and his family, to set up and develop a large apparel company.
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Nora Elena García B. tiene 33 años de edad, vive en el tradicional barrio Olaya Herrera de Cartagena, es oriunda de San Juan de Nepomuceno, municipio del departamento de Bolívar, que en algún momento golpeado por la inseguridad, la violencia y desplazamiento forzado, obligaron a Nora a huir de esta zona de conflictos desde hace 5 años hacia la ciudad de Cartagena, en compañía de sus 3 hijos de 9, 7 y 2 años y de su esposo, quien dedicado a las labores del campo no encontró trabajo digno en la ciudad; así fuè como ella asumió la responsabilidad del sustento de su hogar, practicando los conocimientos de costura que aprendió desde muy niña y que con la ayuda de una generosa pareja que le donó una máquina de coser, pudo iniciar muy entusiasmada el negocio de confecciones que hoy tiene y con el que sueña verlo crecer y ayudarla a su prosperidad familiar, para lo cual dirige todos sus esfuerzos.

Nora se siente satisfecha de la vida, da gracias a Dios diariamente por estar viva y reafirma el proverbio que dice no hay mal que por bien no venga, porque con el desplazamiento ella encontró la oportunidad de tener un mejor futuro en otra tierra, que quizás no hubiera logrado en el lugar que la vio nacer.

En su negocio llamado “Confecciones Angie”, compra telas e insumos de bajo costo y elabora vestidos económicos, ella dice que con ello contribuye a aliviar la problemática de capacidad de compra que tienen las personas que viven en su barrio y sus alrededores, pues “sus clientes se sientan muy satisfechos al poder estrenar un vestido nuevo”.
Su primer crédito con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, fue por valor de $1.500.000 que reembolsó estrictamente de acuerdo a su plan de amortización, pues lo invirtió en mercancías y variedades que le ayudaron a obtener una buena utilidad para poder adquirir nuevos electrodomésticos y utensilios para su hogar que aun no poseía; en la actualidad aplica a un crédito por valor de $2.000.000, que invertirá en la compra de materia prima e insumos para la confección de ropa, en comprar calzado y vestidos infantiles para surtir su vitrina y en adquirir una maquina de cocer nueva, pues además de confeccionar también vende mercancía en su barrio.

Su máximo sueño es obtener una vivienda y un local para organizar y expandir su negocio logrando adquirir tecnología de punta y posicionarse en el mercado ofreciendo muchos puestos de trabajo y logrando dividendos que le ayuden al crecimiento humano, espiritual, profesional, de sus hijos y de sus futuros empleados.

Su desafió actual es la falta de maquinaria adecuada para hacer un trabajo de mejor calidad y recibir capacitación y en unión de su esposo y de su familia emprender el montaje y desarrollo de una gran empresa de confecciones.

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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
  • 306
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,867,525
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,964.3
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Nora Elena to buy raw materials and supplies to make clothing, to buy shoes and baby clothes to sell, and to buy a new sewing machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Dec 23, 2009
Listed
Jan 22, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Aug 15, 2011