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John Francisco
John Francisco P. C. is 46 and lives with his wife and 3 children, ages 8-10 on Via Polonuevo, town of Santa Tomás. There people are friendly, hospitable, happy and especially welcoming. John has a business of buying, raising and selling pigs and goats. He is using his first loan with the Santo Domingo Foundation of $2,000 to buy young pigs and food for them, such as purina, corn and soy.

In the past John bought whole hogs and goats by the pound to sell the meat, but little by little he started buying the animals to fatten, breed, select and sell-which is what he now does on his pig farm.

His big dream is to have the capital to buy animals to fatten and then slaughter. Another one of this dreams is to have aqueducts in 100% of his pens. For John summer gives him his biggest challenges for his crops of yucca, corn and millet don't do well, and these are the main foods needed to fatten the animals. He also loses the grass and his production drops 70% of the feed. Then John has to pay cash and it's more expensive to keep up the quality, especially of his goats.

However, he always lives happily and enjoys his farm which is very close to Santo Tomás, a town famous for its religious tourists during Holy Week.
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John Francisco P. C. tiene 46 años de edad y vive con su esposa y sus 3 hijos entre los 8 y 10 años de edad. En la vía Polonuevo, municipio de Santo Tomás de gente amable, hospitalaria, jovial y sobre todo buenos anfitriones; John tiene su negocio de comprar, criar y vender cerdos y cabríos; él está aplicando a su primer crédito con la Fundación Santo Domingo por valor de $2.000.000 para invertirlo en cerdos jóvenes y alimentos para ellos, como purina, maíz y soya.
Antes John compraba cerdo en pie y cabríos por libras para poner su carne en vitrinas, pero poco a poco se dedicó a comprar para engorde, reproducción, selección y venta, proceso que ahora realiza en sus porquerizas.
El sueña con tener un gran capital para comprar animales para el engorde y la posterior matanza, otro de sus sueños es tener adecuadas en un 100% las instalaciones de la porqueriza. Para John en el verano se presenta su mayor desafío, pues los cultivos como la yuca, maíz y el millo no prosperan y son la materia prima para el engorde de los animales, igualmente se pierden los pastos y se disminuye en un 70% la producción de este alimento, entonces John lo tiene que comprar de contado y más costosos para conservar en un estándar de calidad sus cabrios especialmente, de todas maneras siempre vive muy contento y disfruta de esta finca que está muy cercana a Santo Tomás, municipio famoso por el turismo de feligreses en su Semana Santa.

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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.

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  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 551
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,876,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,953.4
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $775 helped John Francisco to buy young pigs and food for them.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 21, 2010
Listed
Apr 22, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Feb 15, 2011