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Aura
Aura G. is 28 years old and lives in Bogota in a student area that is very close to the Trasmilenio station. She is a very creative youth, because 10 years ago she started to make products from the material Porcelanicron (an air dry clay used in crafts), and she has learned many techniques to work with this material. In addition, she also does liquid embroidery, and her products are very specialized. She distributes her products through stores and individuals. Lately, she has also been teaching this beautiful art to many people, especially youths and housewives, so that more people can live as well as she does. She named her plastic arts business "Aurarte," where she makes different ornamental figures and she teaches methods for making handicrafts; in the class she teaches students how to prepare the Porcelanicron material, mold the dough, and make the decorative items, which transforms them into an artist with a lot of magic and imagination.

Since the year 2008, when she received her first loan from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, her life has changed. Now she has a store that is open to the public daily, and she has improved her income and strengthened her business. Now she is applying for this loan that she will invest in raw materials for the production of handicrafts in Fomy (craft foam), Porcelanicron and wood.

Aura's dream is to have a big school where she could teach specialized handicrafts and various handicraft techniques, including liquid embroidery and working with Porcelanicron. Although at time she has faced challenges, such as when she has left her products on consignment at small stores or with individuals and the products have been damaged and sometimes lost, this has been important experience for her because she has learned to be more cautious about her sales systems and is using more effective controls.
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Aura G. de 28 años que vive en Bogotá, en una zona estudiantil y muy cercana a la estación del trasmilenio, es una joven de mucha creatividad, porque desde hace 10 años se inició en el arte de elaborar productos en material de Porcelanicron y ha aprendido muchas técnicas por eso también aplica el bordado líquido y sus productos muy especializados, son distribuidos en almacenes y a particulares; últimamente se ha dedicado a enseñar este hermoso arte a muchos especialmente a jóvenes y amas de casa, para que más personas puedan vivir de é,l así como ella lo hace en su negocio de artes plásticas que lleva el nombre de “AURARTE” donde fabrica diferentes figuras adornos y enseña métodos porque realiza curso de Porcelanicron mediante el moldeo preparación de masa , adorno y la decoración, que la convierten en una artista con mucha magia e imaginación.
Desde el año 2008 que recibió su primer crédito a través de la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, su vida ha cambiado, ahora tiene un almacén abierto al público diariamente y se han mejorado sus ingresos, al fortalecer su negocio. En la actualidad está aplicando a este crédito que invertirá en materias primas para la fabricación de artesanías en Fomy, Porcelanicron y madera.
El sueño de Aura es tener una gran academia donde se enseñe artesanías especializadas en varias técnicas artesanales empezando por bordado líquido y Porcelanicron. Aunque algunas veces ha enfrentado desafíos, cuando ha dejado en consignación sus productos a pequeños negocios o personas, porque se le han deteriorado y algunas veces perdido, pero esta es su experiencia más significativa, porque ha aprendido a ser más precavida a la hora de definir su sistema de ventas y está usando controles más efectivos.

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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
  • 363
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,083,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,872.1
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,075 helped Aura to buy raw materials to make crafts in foam, air dry clay and wood.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 30, 2010
Listed
Jul 24, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Jul 15, 2011