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Lucinda Maria
Lucinda María H. lives with her husband and 3 children (between 28 and 33 years old) in the community of 20 de Julio in the city of Barranquilla--a place where formal and informal businesses interact with sports events at the Estadio Metropolitano (metropolitan stadium), site of the best soccer in Colombia. Lucinda makes and sells fast foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and fries, and shish kabobs, to which she adds the most delicious sauces that she herself learned to make in 1993, when she had a general store.

At her current business she works from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. She says that the sanitary, delicate, and flavorful way in which she prepares her food and the friendly service she provides to her customers are what sustain her business--that's why her customers don't buy from anyone but her. Her small company consists of Lucinda, her husband, and three employees. She buys her ingredients every Thursday so that her products are very fresh. She's received 14 loans with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo over the course of the last 17 years, which have helped her improve her sales, renovate her home, and improve her family's quality of life so that they're happy and are able to remain together. She's currently requesting a Kiva loan to buy sausage, meat, and soft drinks for the preparation of her products.
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Lucinda María H. vive con su cónyuge y tiene 3 hijos de 28 a 33 años, en la Ciudadela 20 de Julio de la ciudad de Barranquilla, lugar donde interactúan los negocios formales e informales y escenarios deportivos como el Estadio Metropolitano donde se juega el mejor futbol de Colombia. Lucinda se dedica a la elaboración y venta de comidas rápidas como perros calientes, hamburguesas, salchipapas, chuzos a los que agrega las mas deliiosas salsas que ella misma aprendió a preparar en el año 1993, mientras tenia una miscelánea. En su actual negocio trabaja desde las 5:00 AM a 5:00 PM y los días viernes, sábados, domingos y días festivos; ella dice que la forma higiénica, delicada y la sazón con la que prepara sus alimentos, agregándole un trato amable a sus clientes, son la base de sostenimiento de sus clientes, por eso no la cambian por otra; en su microempresa trabajan ella, su cónyuge y tres empleados , sus compras las realiza una vez por semana exactamente el día jueves, para que estén muy fresco sus productos. Lucinda ha recibido14 créditos con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo durante 17 años, los cuales le han servido para mejorar sus ventas, adecuar su vivienda y aumentar su calidad de vida y la de su hogar y eso hace que ella y su familia sean muy felices y permanezcan unidos. En la actualidad solicita su credikiva para comprar embutidos, cárnicos y refrescos para la preparación de sus productos.

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
  • 177
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,230,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,820.2
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Lucinda Maria purchase of meats and soft drinks to make her products.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Aug 31, 2010
Listed
Aug 30, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Oct 15, 2011