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Blanca Inés
Blanca Inés C. owns the Blanquiset laundry which is located in her home. She also sells products from specialized catalogues. She lives in Barranquilla's La Ceiba neighborhood with her husband and three children, who range in ages from 24 to 18. She has been associated with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo for over 10 years. During this time she has seen her business grow thanks to the loans from this organization.

Recently, her eldest daughter graduated from university and she is now requesting funding to pay for her second daughter's university education in the field of nursing. She highly values education for her children and is looking for ways to provide for her youngest, who is still under her charge. This is the reason why she moved to the La Ceiba neighborhood because it's more family oriented and more prosperous so the residents there tend to be more studious and set a good example.

She used to work in a private home, the owner of which worked for a laundry service. Gradually, he began to fall short of expectations and, because of Blanca's behavior, she was asked to take over the business. Later on, she became independent and opened her own laundry which she started with a home washing machine that her husband gave her. Over these ten years, with help from the Fundación, the business has produced enough to buy two more washing machines.

She is grateful to the Fundación for the help it has given her. On a personal level, her business has provided her with independence and now she feels more sure of herself.
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Blanca Inés C. es dueña de la Lavandería Blanquiset que maneja desde su casa, simultáneamente con la venta de productos de revistas especializadas. Vive en el barrio La Ceiba de Barranquilla, donde vive con su esposo y sus tres hijos entre 24 y 18 años de edad. Está vinculada a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo desde hace más de 10 años, durante los cuales ha visto su negocio avanzar gracias a los créditos de esta organización. Recientemente su hija mayor graduó en la universidad y ahora solicita un crédito de educación para pagar la carrera universitaria de su segunda hija en enfermería superior. Aprecia mucho la educación de sus hijos y está buscando la manera de apoyar al más joven que está todavía a su cargo. Con este fin, se mudó al barrio La Ceiba porque siente que en un barrio de mejor ambiente familiar y más prosperidad, así que la gente es más estudiosa y son un muy buen ejemplo.
Antes trabajaba en una casa de familia a cuyo dueño lo contrataba una empresa para lavar ropa. Gradualmente el señor no pudo responder y por el comportamiento de Blanca la hicieron cargo de esta actividad. Luego se independizó y abrió su propia lavandería, donde comenzó con una lavadora de uso personal que le regaló su esposo. Durante más de diez años en la lavandería con la ayuda de la Fundación, el negocio le ha dado para comprar otras dos lavadoras, por eso se siente agradecida con la Fundación por la ayuda que le ha otorgado; a nivel personal su negocio le ha proporcionado independencia y ahora se siente más segura de sí misma.

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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
  • 268
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,600,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,928.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Blanca Inés to pay for her daughter's college education.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 19, 2010
Listed
Feb 19, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Oct 15, 2010