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Lucia De Socorro
When many people in the neighborhood of La Paz in Barranquilla get married, remodel their home or have another need, it is common for them to look for Lucía C. S. in order to ask her to make a wedding dress, a bedroom set, or another second hand article. Lucía has spent more than 25 years working, from the beginning buying and selling clothing and shoes. Now she also has motorcycles, cars, and furniture. Despite her many years in business, she has not had a location to sell her wares, and this is why she wants to do with the loan she is asking for: She plans to remodel in front of her house in order to have a place to sell her merchandise.

Lucía began with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo about 25 years ago when she met with a group of women from the neighborhood and began dressmaking with her cousin, before she dedicated herself totally to selling and buying merchandise. Thanks to the help of the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, she has been able to build a house and improve the lives of her three children, who are currently between 26 and 30 years of age. She has had to do this alone, as she is the female head of the family. Her greatest dream is to leave a business to each of her children so that they might not depend on her, and with this goal two of them are studying in SENA (a Colombian vocational college).
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Cuando muchas personas del barrio La Paz de la ciudad de Barranquilla se casan, remodelan su hogar o tiene otra necesidad, es común que busquen a Lucía C. S. para encargarla de conseguir un vestido de bodas, un juego de cuarto u otro artículo de segunda mano. Lucía tiene más de 25 años negociando y desde un inicio comprando y vendiendo ropa y zapatos, ahora consigue tanto motos y carros, como muebles. A pesar de sus años de negocio, no ha tenido un local donde vender su mercancía y es esto lo que quiere hacer con el crédito que ahora solicita: planifica hacer una remodelación enfrente de su casa para tener donde vender sus artículos.
Lucía comenzó con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo hace alrededor de 25 años cuando reunió un grupo de mujeres del barrio y montó entonces una confección con su prima, antes de dedicarse por completo a la compra y venta de mercancía. Gracias al apoyo de la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, ha podido construir su casa y sacar adelante a sus tres hijos, que ahora tienen entre 26 y 30 años; y esto lo ha tenido que hacer sola, ya que es madre cabeza de familia. Su sueño mayor es dejar un negocio a cada uno de sus hijos para que no dependan de ella y con este fin, dos de ellos están estudiando en el SENA.

Additional Information

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
  • 534
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,930,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,953.4
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Lucia De Socorro remodeling of Lucia's Business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Apr 23, 2010
Listed
Apr 22, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Jun 15, 2012