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Angie Katherine
Angie Katherine V. Ramírez is 19 years old and lives in the Gualí neighborhood of Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. Angie is very environmentally conscious and she wants to work towards a culture of environmental protection. That's why she works making bags of various types out of a biodegradable material called Cambrell. With this business she not only produces and generates earnings for herself; she also generates earnings for the group of single mothers who work making the final products. This is the first time she has taken out a loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo [the Kiva field partner] and she is asking for 1,000,000 Colombian pesos to invest in fibers such as jute and Cambrell. She also needs to pay for extra labor to work on an special order, because she already has her regular production planned out with the women who work making the bags.

Angie's greatest dream is to create a mentality of environmental consciousness and to reduce the use of plastic bags in supermarkets and among housewives in particular. Her challenge is to see her business, called Organika M & E, grow and be recognized locally, nationally and then internationally level. This is why she has started out with her own business at such a young age. Angie is very enterprising and is happy with the neighborhood she lives in. She says the neighborhood has an ecologically conscious feel, as it is surrounded by green space and inhabited by honest and hard-working people. This is why the public spaces where she lives are so safe.
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Angie Katherine V. Ramírez, tiene 19 años y vive en el barrio Gualí de Bogotá, la capital de Colombia. Angie tiene un gran sentido ecológico y quiere generar una cultura de protección medioambiental, por eso se dedica a la elaboración de bolsos y bolsas en un material biodegradable llamado Cambrell y con ello no solo produce y genera sus propios ingresos, sino que también genera ingresos a mujeres cabezas de familia que constituyen la mano de obra de este producto. Es la primera vez que recibe crédito con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo y está aplicando a un monto de $1.000.000 para invertirlo en telas como yute, Cambrell y tambien para pagar la mano de obra de una preventa, porque ya tiene su tarea productiva programada con las mujeres que participarán en la elaboración de bolsos y bolsas.

Su gran sueño es generar una mentalidad medioambiental y disminuir el consumo de bolsas plásticas en los supermercados y amas de casa especialmente; su mayor desafió es lograr que su empresa de nombre Organika M & E, crezca y sea reconocida a nivel local, nacional e internacional. Justamente por eso desde muy joven se dedica a esta tarea en su negocio donde tiene su propio empleo. Angie es una joven emprendedora y está muy contenta con el barrio donde vive, porque dice que tiene un entorno ecológico, rodeado de zonas verdes y lo habita gente trabajadora y honesta por eso es que sus áreas comunes son muy seguras.

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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
  • 547
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,638,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,930.7
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $525 helped Angie Katherine to invest in fibers such as jute and Cambrell and pay for the labor on a special order.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 17, 2010
Listed
Mar 25, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Jun 15, 2011