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Alinnson Rafael
Alinsson is 32 years old and lives with his wife and their 2 children, aged 6 months and 10 years respectively, in the commercial zone of the Ciudadela 20 de Julio barrio, south of Barranquilla. He has a medicinal drug store there that he opened in 2000, the year he began his business career by distributing cheese and some varieties of merchandise.

For the last 4 years he has been involved with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, an organization that helped him initially with loans to sell cheese and merchandise on order. Now he has a larger business in both infrastructure and clientèle, and he has diversified his offerings, selling medicinal drugs. Alinnson has 2 employees and he sustains his business, despite fierce competition, with lower prices than competitors, because he buys at wholesale and knows where to purchase. Alinnson works from 8:00am until 9:00pm every day. Now his customers know his schedule and they seek him out and refer him to others.

Alinnson has received 8 loans and this loan request from Kiva will be his 9th. He will buy generic and commercial medicines to resupply his little pharmacy. Alinnson is very satisfied with his business and with the institutional help he has received and his level of living has improved. But he still dreams of having his own house and converting his small business into a large drug store, and this is his major challenge to accomplish a better future for his family.
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Alinsson Rafael Guerreo Pérez tiene 32 años, vive con su cónyuge y sus dos hijos en las edades de 6 meses y 10 años respectivamente, en la zona comercial del barrio Ciudadela 20 de Julio, al sur de Barranquilla, donde tiene un negocio de venta de drogas medicinales, que inició en el año 2000 cuando se inició como negociante distribuyendo queso y algunas variedades de mercancías; desde que hace 4 años está vinculada a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, organización que en un principio la apoyó con crédito para vender queso y mercancías por encargo, ahora ya tiene un negocio de mayor tamaño en su infraestructura y en sus clientela y ha diversificado la oferta vendiendo droguería medicinal, genera dos empleos y se sostiene aunque tenga una competencia muy fuerte, porque sus precios son mejores que los de sus competidores, porque compra al por mayor y sabe donde hacerlo; su trabajo lo realiza desde las 8 de la mañana hasta las 9 de la noche todos los días, ya sus clientes conocen su ritmo por eso siempre lo buscan y le refieren otros. Alinsson ha recibido 8 créditos y con su credikiva completa el noveno con el que comprará medicamentos genéricos y comerciales para surtir su pequeña farmacia. Está muy satisfecho con su negocio y con el apoyo institucional recibido porque su nivel de vida ha mejorado, pero aun sueña con tener una casa propia y convertir su pequeño negocio en una gran droguería y este su mayor desafío para lograr un futuro mejor para su familia.

Additional Information

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
  • 246
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,479,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,845.9
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,100 helped Alinnson Rafael bUYING GENERIC AND COMMERCIAL MEDICINES TO SUPPLY HIS SMALL PHARMACY.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Jul 30, 2010
Listed
Jul 29, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Aug 15, 2011