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Sonia Del Carmen
For the past 21 years, Sonia Gómez (age 54) has been engaged in productive activities within the apparel business. She is a responsible mother of two children, who are now 24 and 30 years of age.


Her business started when she began receiving contracts to produce clothing for important customers and a few housewives. She also started sewing for neighbors, friends, and relatives on an informal basis. The sales from these two businesses were important for her success, but unfortunately they went bankrupt. Sonia was greatly depressed by her significantly low sales and had to temporarily live off of her savings. Fueled by the love of her family, she started a new job working for a designer and afterwards became independent a few years later with the help of the loans from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. Upon her return, she named her business “Sonia’s Apparel”, which is located in the neighborhood of Recreo, a busy commercial area in the city of Barranquilla. With these loans she was able to buy an industrial machine that allowed her to continue working independently. Her business now produces a line of clothing for women, including blouses and multi-purpose outfits.


The current loan she is requesting is in the amount of 1,500,000 COP and will be used to buy rolls of fabric for making blouses and multi-purpose outfits to complete her orders. Her goal is to expand her business and move it to a storefront where she can also sell her finished items.

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Desde hace 21 años la vida de Sonia Gómez de 54 años, transcurre entre sus actividades productivas en un negocio de confecciones y su responsabilidad como madre de 2 hijos que ahora tienen 24 y 30 años de edad.
Inició esta actividad trabajando mediante contrato de confección de ropa para importantes clientes y algunos amas de casa, entre vecinas amigas y familiares de manera informal; la ventas a 2 empresas, importantes para su desempeño, que pronto se fueron a la quiebra, lo cual entristeció mucho a Sonia porque bajaron significativamente sus ventas, y le tocó acudir a sus ahorros para vivir por un tiempo de ellos; estimulada por el afecto de la familia, empezó nuevamente su trabajo para una diseñadora de la que algunos años después logró independizarse apoyada por los créditos de la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo; es asì como retoma su negocio Hoy “Confecciones Sonia”, ubicado en el barrio Recreo de la ciudad de Barranquilla, en una zona comercialmente muy transitada; con estos financiamientos logró comprar una máquina industrial para seguir trabajando de manera independiente. Su negocio es la línea femenina, especialmente blusas, y la fabricación de multiusos.
En la actualidad solicita un crédito por valor de $1.500.000 para comprar telas por rollos y elaborar blusas y multiusos sobre pedidos. Su meta es ampliarlo y mudarlo en un local simultáneamente vender sus prendas terminadas, para lograr también lo que se ha propuesto.

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
  • 503
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,958,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,019.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $750 helped Sonia Del Carmen purchase rolls of fabric for manufacturing garments.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 30, 2010
Listed
May 10, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Jun 15, 2011