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Bernardo
Bernardo Rodríguez lives in Carmen, in the district of Puerto Colombia, close to the sea. He is a very cheerful man, who earns his living selling fish. He has held this occupation for over 30 years, since he was a very young man working in the local maritime fishing industry in Puerto Colombia. He now runs his own business, which consists of buying and selling produce from the sea. Bernardo offers his customers very good prices, thanks to the bulk purchases he makes. Since Puerto Colombia is only 30 minutes away by land from the town of Barranquilla, very near to other districts in the Department of Atlántico, it is a popular tourist destination for families on the weekends. It is very likely that many eat the freshly-caught fish - such as pargos (snapper), cojinúa (blue runner), 'el carito', 'lebranche', robalo (snook), and sierra (kingfish) - that Bernardo sells to the restaurants and hotels or inns located there. This will be Bernardo's first loan from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, which he wants to spend on buying greater quantities of fish to satisfy his growing number of customers. His dream is to open a shop in the centre of Puerto Colombia, which would be well-equipped with cold rooms where customers from all over the department and local district could find the most delicious, fresh fish. Among the challenges he faces are climate change and maritime pollution. This affects local fishing and the economy of these ports, since most inhabitants depend on fishing and associated business.
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En el barrio el Carmen del municipio de Puerto Colombia muy cerca al mar, vive Bernardo Rodríguez, un hombre muy alegre que vende pescado de ma, actividad que desempeñó desde muy joven, cuando se dedicaba a la pesca marítima artesanal en Puerto Colombia y desde hace ya más de 30 años, la convirtió en su negocio, que consiste en la compra y venta de este producto del mar. Y es que Bernardo ofrece a sus clientes un buen precio, debido a que sus compras por volumen le dan esta posibilidad. Como Puerto Colombia se encuentra a 30 minutos, vía terrestre de la ciudad de Barranquilla y muy cerca a otros municipios del Departamento del Atlántico, es usual que los fines de semana muchas familias que hacen turismo a este puerto, muy seguramente se desayunen o almuercen con pescados marinos como pargos, cojinúa, el carito, lebranche, robalo, sábalo y sierra, que vende muy frescos y recién pescados, Bernardo a los restaurantes y hoteles o estaderos que allí se encuentra. En la actualidad él está solicitando su primer crédito a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo y quiere comprar pescado de mar en mayor cantidad, porque últimamente se ha incrementado el número de clientes a los que no ha podido responder.
Su sueño es abrir un local comercial en el centro de Puerto Colombia, bien equipado con sus cuartos fríos, donde cualquier consumidor en todo el departamento y en este municipio, encuentre los más deliciosos y frescos pescados .Su desafío se presenta cuando existen cambios climáticos y contaminación marítima que disminuyen la pesca artesanal , afectando la economía de estos puertos, donde la mayor parte de sus habitantes, viven de la pesca y sus derivados, es decir tienen negocios de alimentos y el pescado es su producto estrella.

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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
  • 492
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  • $15,254,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,903.4
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped Bernardo to buy bulk supplies of fish, such as pargos (snapper), cojinúa (blue runner), 'el carito', 'lebranche', robalo (snook), and sierra (kingfish).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Jun 30, 2010
Listed
Jun 29, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Apr 15, 2011