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Ana Sofia
There is alot of bustle in Ana Sofia G.'s life in the Malambo district in order to maintain the well being of her household, made up of her three sons who are 8, 10, and 12 years old. She has various businesses such as: renting out washing machines, selling bed covers, small electric appliances, fish, and even fruit. She started her first business 6 years ago selling beverages out of her mother's house with the intent of generating funds to help around the house. She initially received a loan of $1,000,000 COP (approx. $530 USD) that she used to purchase a sewing machine and began making bed covers. From this niche market she established she started to offer minor electrical appliances and this way she was able to accumulate more than 30 clients and increase her sales enough to save up for a motorcycle and start a business of renting out washing machines, that is until her motorcycle was stolen. She has been persistantly continuing on and not letting her difficult circumstances debilitate her.
Ana Sofia is always looking for new business opportunities and 8 months ago began selling fruit and fish where she has found a stable source of income.
This will be her 6th loan with the Mario Santo Domingo Organization who's been supportive and with them she's been able to make improvements to her home. She is currently requesting a loan for 1.800.000 COP ($975 USD) in order to purchase 10 bed covers, 4 fans, 6 DVDs, kitchen supplies, fish, and fruit.
Ana Sofia states that despite the many challenges in her personal life she has been able to overcome them; for example, being left alone overlooking her children's education after her husband left the household.
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La vida de Ana Sofía G. en el municipio de Malambo transcurre con mucha actividad para poder llevar bienestar a su hogar conformado por sus 3 hijos en las edades de 8, 10 y 12 años; ella tiene varios negocios: así como se dedica a la prestación de servicios de alquiler de lavadoras, también vende mercancía como cubrelechos, electrodomésticos menores, pescado y hasta frutas. Su primer negocio lo inició hace ya 6 años, con la venta de bebidas en la casa de su mamá, con el fin de obtener ingresos para ayudar en su hogar al sostenimiento de su familia. Recibió inicialmente un crédito por valor de $1.000.000 COP compró una maquina de coser y empezó a fabricar cubrelechos y a proponer en este mismo nicho de mercado otros productos para el hogar como electrodomésticos menores, así llegó a tener mas de 30 clientes, e incrementó sus ventas y cuando ahorró, compró una motocicleta y montó su negocio de servicios de alquiler de lavadoras, hasta que le robaron la moto y ella persistentemente ha seguido sin dejarse debilitar por esas circunstancias difíciles. Ana Sofía siempre está buscando nuevas oportunidades de negocio por lo que comenzó a vender frutas y pescados desde hace 8 meses y allí ha encontrado también un ingreso estable. Este es su sexto crédito con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, organización que ha estado presente apoyándola y de su mano, ha logrado hacer arreglos a su vivienda. En la actualidad está aplicando por un crédito por valor de $ $1.800.000 COP, para comprar 10 cubrelechos, 4 abanicos, 6 DVD, artículos de cocina, pescado y frutas. Ana Sofía cuenta que aunque en su vida personal ha tenido muchos desafíos, ha logrado superarlos, por ejemplo el de quedar sola sin su esposo, dirigiendo la educación de sus hijos, desde que este se marcho del hogar.

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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
  • 475
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,264,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,873.4
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $975 helped Ana Sofia purchase 10 bed covers, 4 fans, 6 DVDs, kitchen supplies, fish, and fruits.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jul 16, 2010
Listed
Jul 20, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Jun 15, 2011