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Fanny Margoth
Fanny Margoth R. Puerto is 55 years old. She lives in the San Jacinto Municipality, in the Bolivar region. Fanny has three children between the ages of 28 and 37. In her area, a number of women make crafts such as traditional woven hammocks, backpacks and purses. Their spouses usually do farm work. Fanny is no exception; she crochets backpacks, and she also has a dressmaking business, which is why she has applied for a loan. She plans to invest in fabric for school uniforms; she wants to be able to take advantage of the start of the school season. Fanny would also like to buy more yarn for woven backpacks.

Fanny has been working since she was quite young. She learned how to use sewing machines in a convent school, and has been using them in her work for about 35 years. She lives with her husband, a field worker, and two of their grandchildren. Fanny and her husband are providing their grandchildren with an education, because their own children need to live and work elsewhere. In addition to school uniforms, Fanny makes men's and women's clothing. When the demand for tailoring is low, she takes advantage of her weaving and crochet skills by producing and selling bags and purses. She comes up with creative designs in order to keep people interested in buying her bags.

Fanny started working with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation in 1996. She was part of a group that received a substantial loan. Since then, she has received individual micro-loans. "My family's standard of living has been greatly improved by my income," she says. She's grateful to be working with the Foundation, which has given her the opportunity to work independently and support her grandchildren. Fanny is a credit to her family, and she has the support of her neighbours in hard times, too. They recognize the value of her work.
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Fanny Margoth R. P. tiene 55 años y vive en el municipio de San Jacinto ubicado en el departamento de Bolívar. Fanny es madre de tres hijos entre las edades de 37 y 28. Población se caracterizada por la proliferación de mujeres dedicadas a la elaboración de artesanías, como hamacas tejidas en telar artesanal, mochilas y bolsos, mientras sus cónyuges realizan labores del campo. En San Jacinto Fanny no es la excepción, produce mochilas en crochet y simultáneamente tiene un negocio de modistería como su principal actividad, para la que requiere un crédito de $2.000.000 que será invertido en la compra de telas para hacer uniformes escolares, aprovechando que inicia la temporada de regreso al colegio. También tiene pensado comprar hilo para elaborar de mochilas tejidas.
La Sra. Fanny es una persona que ha trabajado desde muy joven y tiene aproximadamente 35 años de trabajar con su máquina de coser, actividad que aprendió en un colegio de monjas. Actualmente vive en su casa con su esposo que está dedicado a las labores del campo y dos nietos a los que educa porque sus hijos viven en otras ciudades. Ella elabora vestidos en las líneas femeninas y masculinas, y en la actualidad está confeccionando uniformes escolares. Fanny conoce el arte de tejer en crochet al que se dedica en sus ratos de descanso o cuando baja la temporada de modistería, es así como elabora lindas mochilas y bolsos tejidos que también vende y que requiere de la innovación constante para poder rotar estos productos.
Ingresó como cliente a la Fundación en 1996 como parte de un grupo solidario y recibió en ese entonces un crédito de $100.000, posteriormente ha realizado créditos como microempresaria individual en los últimos años y desde entonces dice: “ha mejorado notablemente mi entorno familiar con mis ingresos”. Se siente muy agradecida de pertenecer como usuaria a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, ya que le ha dado la oportunidad de seguir trabajando como independiente y seguir apoyando a sus nietos.
Fanny es una excelente miembro de familia que siempre cuenta con la solidaridad de sus vecinos que la ayudan en tiempos difíciles, porque quizá reconocen el ella su potencial de trabajo y capacidad de servicio.

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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.

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  • $6,070
    Average annual income
  • 232
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  • $12,881,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,982.3
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Fanny Margoth buying fabric for school uniforms.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 29, 2010
Listed
Feb 2, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Sep 17, 2011