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Amaris Del Rosario
Amaris E. Gómez is 55 years old and lives in San Jacinto, a municipality in the Bolívar town center known for the production of artisinal goods like hammocks, purses, and backpacks. Amaris is shopkeeper and producer of artisinal goods, a traditional activity inherited from her mother. The products that she makes the most are backpacks that she makes at night, and hammocks that she makes with her sisters and mother. Additionally, Amaris works in a company in the morning, while her husband does field work. She has had two loans with Fundación Santo Domingo which have improved her family income and allowed her to improve her living conditions. The loan she requests will be invested in the purchase of thick yarn to to make woven hammocks on a vertical loom, and also to make purses and backpacks.

She expresses that she has seen difficult times during periods of violence when her husband could not work in the countryside, when it was up to her to take charge of the majority of household expenses; thank God the situation has changed and today most sajacinteros[those from San Jacinto] can work in the countryside again. In the future, Amaris dreams of improving her home, which she owns, and of helping one of her three kids finish their university studies this coming year.
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Amaris E. Gómez tiene 55 años y vive en San Jacinto, municipio del centro de Bolívar conocido por la elaboración de artesanías, tales como hamacas, bolsos y mochilas. Amaris es comerciante y productora de artesanías, actividad tradicional heredada de su madre. Los productos que más fabrica son las mochilas, las cuales elabora en horas de la noche y las hamacas que las elabora con sus hermanas y su mamá. Además, Amaris trabaja en una empresa en las horas de la mañana, mientras su esposo se dedica a labores del campo. Ha tenido 2 créditos con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo los que le han aumentado su ingreso familiar e hicieron que pudiera mejorar sus condiciones habitacionales. El crédito que ahora solicita lo invertirá en la compra de hilaza para producir hamacas tejidas en telar vertical y también para la elaboración de bolsos y mochilas.

Manifiesta que ha visto tiempos difíciles durante tiempos de violencia cuando su esposo no podía trabajar en el campo debido a aquella problemática y entonces a ella le tocó encargarse de la mayor parte de los gastos del hogar; gracias a Dios la situación se ha cambiado y ahora los sanjacinteros pueden trabajar en el campo de nuevo. Más adelante, Amaris sueña con mejorar su vivienda, la cual es una casa propia y con ayudar a uno de sus tres hijos para que realice sus estudios universitarios el año que viene.

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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

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 466
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,270,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,907.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Amaris Del Rosario the purchase of thick yarn to produce hammocks woven on a vertical loom and to make purses and backpacks.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 17, 2010
Listed
Mar 23, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Apr 15, 2011