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Orlando
Orlando P. M. is 44 years old and lives in the Las Palmas neighborhood of the city of Barranquilla. He has a flower-arranging business called "La Bendición García." He and his wife buy flowers and plain jars, which they turn into beautiful decorated vases containing gorgeous artifical flowers. They have two salesmen and deliver throughout all of Barranquilla in two three-wheeled wooden vehicles called "carretillas." They are currently requesting a loan in the amount of 2,000,000 pesos to buy vases and artifical flowers in Pondedera, a town in the department of Atlántico. They will also buy rocking chairs that come from San Pues, in the department of Sucre.

They started their flower-arranging business four years ago, and started selling rocking chairs and other merchandise two years ago. Two employees take care of the sales, and the business offers weekly and other types of payment plans, which Orlando charges for.

This is his third loan with the Fundación Santo Domingo. He's used the financing to increase his sales, which is why they now have two employees to share the work. His dream is to set up a distribution business that would deliver merchandise to all the communities in the greater Barranquilla metropolitan area.
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Orlando P. M. tiene 44 años y vive en el barrio Las Palmas de la ciudad de Barranquilla, se dedica a vender en su negocio llamado Arreglos florales “La bendición García” allí él y su esposa compran flores y los jarrones rudimentarios que convierten en hermosos floreros decorados externamente, portando las mas hermosas flores artificiales, que a través de dos vendedores y distribuyen por toda Barranquilla en dos vehículos de madera con 3 ruedas llamados carretillas. En la actualidad aplica a un crédito por valor de $2.000.000 para comprar floreros rudimentarios, flores artificiales en Ponedera, un pueblo del departamento del Atlántico y también compraran mecedoras que vienen desde San Pues en el Departamento de Sucre.

Su negocio de arreglos florales lo inició hace cuatro años y su venta de mercancías como mecedoras entre otras, la agregó hace 2 años, su venta las hacen 2 empleados mediante el sistema de crédito y Orlando cobra semanalmente o de acuerdo al plan de pagos que hayan pactado con los clientes.
Este es su tercer crédito con la Fundación Santo Domingo, con los financiamientos ha logrado mayor impacto en las ventas y por eso hoy tienen 2 trabajadores que son los que ahora reparten. Su sueño es montar una distribuidora que reparta mercancía en todas las poblaciones del área metropolitana de Barranquilla

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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
  • 302
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,782,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,907.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,050 helped Orlando purchase plain vases, artificial flowers, and rocking chairs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Mar 26, 2010
Listed
Mar 24, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Sep 17, 2011