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Alcira Isabel
Alcira is a women who is particularly interesting because of her profound creativity and incredible capacity for work. She is a native of San Bernardo del Viento, near Cartagena, where her father worked in the fields and her mother tailored clothing for friends and relatives. Alcira learned the art of dressmaking watching her mother and even started out by making clothing for her dolls as a child.

When she was 19 she got married and moved to Barranquilla, where her husband worked and where she would eventually have three children. Alcira began taking a course in tailoring to learn more and perfect her art.

At 27, her husband abandoned her with her young children. Until then she had been working as an employee at a well-known clothier, but her salary wasn't enough to cover rent, food and the cost of a babysitter for her children while she was at work. So after 16 years, she quit and used her cash on hand to begin her own business that she could run out of her home.

She bought two simple, pedal-powered sewing machines and with her mother started to sew and sell her products to shops in malls around Barranquilla. Since then, she has stopped working, meanwhile raising her children to become professionals: an electro-mechanical engineer, an electro-mechanical technician and a doctor. She came to Fundación Mario Santo Domingo at the recommendation of a friend. Since then she has received three loans, ranging in size from approximately $400 to $1,500, that have helped her buy equipment and grow her business to the point that she was able to hire three employees, all women heads-of-family.

With this loan from Kiva, Alcira plans to buy supplies, including linen, zippers and accessories, to make into clothing for women, men, and children. Currently, her fixed assets include three electric sewing machines, two more advanced/industrial sewing machines for working with denim, a fabric cutter and a cutting table.

Alcira is very grateful to her parents, her children and FMSD for giving her a hand in building her business. In the future, she hopes to continue becoming more and more successful so that she can employ more women heads-of-family so that they too can develop as she has.

[EN ESPANOL]

Alcira Isabel Ramírez D. es una mujer muy interesante por su gran creatividad y su gran capacidad de trabajo; oriunda de San Bernardo del Viento, en el departamento de Córdoba, lugar donde su padre realizaba labores del campo y su madre confeccionaba ropa a familiares y amigos, aprendió el arte de confeccionar viéndola a ella, e inició haciéndole ropa a las muñecas que tenía en su niñez. De 19 años se casó tuvo 3 hijos, como su esposo trabajaba en Barranquilla y los veía muy poco se vino a esta ciudad e inició un curso de confecciones para tener mas conocimiento y perfeccionarse su arte. Contando con 27 años y con sus hijos pequeños su esposo la abandonó. Así fue como empezó a trabajar de empleada en empresas de confecciones muy importantes, pero su remuneración no le alcanzaba para el alquiler de su vivienda, la alimentación y sueldo de la persona que cuidaba a los niños. Fue así como decidió renunciar después 16 años de trabajo y creó su propio negocio con su liquidación, Alcira inició comprando dos maquinas familiares y con la ayuda de su mamá empezaron a coser en la casa y vender en las colmenas de centro de Barranquilla, y de ahí no ha parado de coser, cuenta que esto le ha servido para el sustento y bienestar de sus hijos que ahora son profesionales de la Ingeniería electromecánica, Técnico electromecánico y Medicina. Conoció a la Fundación cuando una amiga le habló de esta organización y con sus créditos ha logrado adquirir maquinarias y crecer como empresaria generando empleo a otras mujeres cabezas de familia. Hasta la fecha ha obtenido 4 créditos desde $990.000 COP- hasta $3.000.000 COP y actualmente esta solicitando uno por valor de $2.000.000 COP para comprar materias primas como telas e insumos como hilos, correderas y accesorios para elaborar ropa para damas, caballeros y niños. Actualmente cuenta con 4 empleados, dos de llos son familiares y tambien con unos activos fijos entre los que se encuentran 3 máquinas planas, 2 máquinas de puntadas de seguridad, una cortadora, una familiar y una mesa de corte. Está muy agradecida con sus padres, sus hijos y la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo porque cuando necesitó de ellos le dieron la mano para salir adelante. En sus planes para el futuro está el de seguir siendo exitosa en su negocio para y darle empleos a muchas mujeres cabezas de familia principalmente para que progresen como ella.

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
  • 500
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,958,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,884.8
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,075 helped Alcira Isabel to buy supplies, including linen, zippers and accessories, to make into clothing for women, men and children.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Jun 25, 2010
Listed
Jun 24, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Feb 15, 2012