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Alix Alicia
Alix Jiménez G., 46, lives in the Siete de Abril neighborhood in southwest Barranquilla with her husband and four children who are between the ages of 14 and 28. She sells merchandise like women’s clothing and unisex pants. She also makes ceramic crafts.

She was married at 17 and three years later took courses in SENA (National Learning Service) in ceramics and cabinet making and started working in these crafts. Later she took the beading course and added these skills to her business making decorated shirts. As she expanded her market she added other commercial activities and five years ago included general merchandise and specialty magazine sales.

This is how she started out with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and her business has been evolving. Sales increased with the addition of new loan capital. Her profits have greatly increased family income. This is her second loan with this Institution and she will use it to buy merchandise like: clothing for women, shirts and pants of all brands. She will also buy raw materials and supplies to make ceramic decorations that she already has pending orders for.

She dreams with her children becoming professionals, people that are useful to society. She’d like to have a location to display her ceramic items and crafts as well as to continue updating her skills to improve her business’ vision.

Her most important challenge is that her children continue along the path of good habits and this makes her be very alert to the way they are developing. Her greatest challenge is competition but she always has new strategies to face it taking advantage of the fact that her neighborhood has improved the infrastructure of its roads and commercial spaces have increased because the neighborhood has many gastronomic activities that lead to unity in the community which in turn lead to social growth.
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Alix Jiménez G., tiene 46 años vive en el barrio siete de Abril al sur occidente de Barranquilla, con sus cónyuge y sus 4 hijos de 14 a 28 años de edad. Vende mercancías como ropas para damas camisas y pantalones unisex y también se dedica a elaborar artesanías en cerámica. Desde sus 17 años se casó y tres años después inició cursos en el SENA de cerámica, marquetería y empezó a trabajar en esta actividad que aprendió. Luego realizó el curso de pedrería y lo adicionó a su negocio con un nuevo mercado de decoración de camisas; en la medida en que fue ampliando su mercado fue adicionándole otras actividades comerciales y desde hace 5 años adicionó a su negocio la venta de mercancías variadas y productos de revistas especializadas. Así comenzó con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo y su negocio ha cambiado, se aumentaron sus ventas con la adición de este nuevo capital de crédito; sus utilidades han aportado considerablemente a incrementar los ingresos del hogar. Este es su segundo crédito con esta organización y lo invertirá en la compra de mercancías como ropa para damas, camisas y pantalones en todas las líneas. Así mismo comprará insumos y materias primas para elaborar adornos en cerámicas que ya tiene encargado.

Sueña con que sus hijos sean profesionales, personas útiles a la sociedad, tener un local donde exhiba sus artículos de cerámica y artesanías y continuar capacitándose para mejorar su visión de negocio.
Su desafío más importante es que sus hijos continúen el camino de las buenas costumbres y esto la hace estar alerta al medio en el que se desenvuelven. Su mayor desafío es la competencia, pero siempre tiene nuevas estrategias para enfrentarla, aprovechando que en su barrio se ha mejorado la infraestructura de vías y los espacios comerciales se han incrementado, porque la vecindad realiza muchas actividades gastronómicas para lograr la unidad y conseguir mejoras en esta comunidad gestionadota de crecimiento social.



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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
  • 482
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,958,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,867.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,075 helped Alix Alicia to buy merchandise like women’s clothing, shirts, pants of all brands as well as to buy ingredients and supplies to make ceramic decorations for which she already has pending orders.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Jul 28, 2010
Listed
Jul 26, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Mar 15, 2012