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Claudia Patricia
Claudia Patricia Álvarez B. lives with her husband and eight year old son in a town near Cartagena. She is 26 years old and a naturally talented craftswoman. Claudia learned this traditional skill from her neighbors. She currently produces woven satchels and handbags on a vertical loom, while her mother makes woven hammocks. Claudia started this business because there were few employment opportunities and these products allow her to generate income from home. In addition, she works three hours in the morning providing cleaning services to a local business. Combined with the income of her husband who works as a motorcycle taxi driver (the most common form of transportation in this area), Claudia is able to support her family. She says she must work long and hard to support, raise, and teach her son so that he can have a better future. After her father passed away, Claudia says life was much harder without him since he had been a great help and was an outstanding presence in her family. Even though he died three years ago, his mark on her life will last forever.


Claudia has already received one loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and since then, her business has generated more income to support her family. She was able to buy a plot of land and furniture for her home. Her family even has their own motorcycle. Claudia is applying for a loan in the amount of 1,100,000 COP to invest in the purchase of yarn for making hammocks, satchels, and handbags. To continue moving forward, her goal is to have her own house and her own business location for either a craft shop or a drugstore since she has previous experience and pharmacy training.

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Claudia Patricia Álvarez B. es una mujer que vive con su cónyuge y su hijo de 8 años en un municipio muy cerca de Cartagena; de 26 años y de naturaleza artesana, aprendió esta actividad por tradición familiar ayudada por sus vecinos; ahora Claudia, produce mochilas hechas a mano y bolsos tejidos en telar vertical y también hamacas tejidas por su mama. Se dedicó a esta actividad debido a que son pocas las fuentes de empleo y con estos productos genera ingresos para su hogar, aunque también trabaja tres horas en la mañana prestando el servicio de aseo a una empresa de la población y con todo esto y los ingresos de su esposo, que es moto taxista (un sistema de transporte muy utilizado en esta población), se sostienen como familia. Ella dice que debe trabajar mucho y duro para sostener y criar a su hijo, y también para poder capacitarse y llegar a tener un futuro mejor. Para Claudia, una vez murió su padre, la vida se tornó mas dura sin él, quien la ayudaba mucho y siempre estaba pendiente de su familia y esto aunque hace 3 años, ha marcado su vida para siempre.
Ella ya había recibido 1 préstamo de la Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo, y desde que los recibió el negocio ha generado mas ingresos para el sostenimiento de la familia, compraron un lote y muebles para el hogar, y en estos momentos tienen una moto de su propiedad. Está aplicando con este préstamo a un monto de $1.100.000 COP, que invertirá en compra de hilaza para tejer hamacas, hilo para mochilas y bolsos. Siguiendo adelante, su meta es tener su casa propia y un negocio con su local sea de artesanías o una droguería (en lo cual tiene experiencia) ya que se ha capacitado en cursos de administración de medicamentos de droguería.

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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
  • 177
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,171,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,960.6
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Claudia Patricia purchase yarn for making hammocks, satchels, and handbags.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
May 14, 2010
Listed
Jun 13, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Jun 15, 2011