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Diana Esther
Diana E. is endowed with creativity and an enterprising spirit. Some thirty years ago, she taught herself to cut out and sew clothing for her children. As her neighbors admired her work, they started commissioning her to create clothes for their own children. Thus she grew, because many of her neighbors began to place orders to market them, as she improved her technique and added other lines, such as for ladies and men, which she currently offers. She states that she has had four loans with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, which she has invested in new sewing machines and trimming attachments. With the profit from her business, she has remodeled her home, in particular setting up two rooms for her children to sleep comfortably. Right now she is applying for $1,200,000 COP, to buy fabric, ornaments, and dressmaking supplies, and to complete garments ordered from her.
Her main goal is to set up her shop in the lower section of her house, and have a large tailoring workshop generating many stable work sites, in particular for her daughter, who has a language disability, and to whom she is teaching this lovely, thriving profession.

Diana is very happy where she lives, that is “Cartagena D. Indias.” She has five children, ranging in age from 27 to 40. Although separated, she is a woman who has built her home with her business, “Variedades Diana,” where she dresses men, women, and children, and takes care to offer an image appropriate to lifestyle.
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A Diana E. su naturaleza creativa y emprendedora la premió, porque hace 30 años aprendió ella sola a cortar y coser ropa para sus hijos y mientras sus vecinos admiraban sus costuras se fueron interesando en mandarle a elaborar vestidos a sus hijos y así fue como gradualmente fue creciendo, porque muchos D. ellos empezaron a hacerle pedidos para negociarlos, mientras ella perfeccionaba su arte y agregaba otras líneas como las D. damas y caballeros, que en la actualidad ofrece también. Ella cuenta que lleva cuatro créditos con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo con los que ha logrado capitalizarse, comprar nuevas máquinas D. coser y fileteadota y con las utilidades D. su negocio ha logrado remodelar su casa, especialmente adecuando dos habitaciones para que sus hijos durmieran cómodamente. En la actualidad está aplicando por un monto D. $1.200.000 COP, para comprar telas adornos e insumos D. modistería y elaborar vestidos que tiene encargados.
Su meta principal es adecuar su taller en la parte baja D. su casa y hacer un gran taller D. confecciones que genere muchos puestos D. trabajo estables en especial para su hija, que es discapacitada del lenguaje a quien esta enseñando este hermoso y prospero arte.

Diana es muy feliz en la ciudad donD. vive: “Cartagena D. Indias” , tiene 5 hijos D. 27 a 40’ años D. edad, es una mujer, que aunque separada logró levantar su hogar con su negocio “Variedades Diana” donD. viste a hombres, mujeres y niños y cuida D. siempre mantengan una imagen adecuada a su estilo D. vida.

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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

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 396
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $16,282,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,898.1
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $650 helped Diana Esther to buy fabric, ornaments, and dressmaking supplies, and make garments already ordered.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 25, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 15, 2011