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Shirley Maria
Shirley S. sells milk-based sweets in Cartagena’s Los Calamares neighborhood. She started the business with her father selling small amounts from store to store and to other businesses. Thus she gained acceptance in the community and acquired many customers until she became a supplier to large businesses in Cartagena and Turbaco, a nearby city. This business has been important for her and her family’s lives because from it they have supported themselves. Her efforts, therefore, are directed towards its growth so that it will strengthen and formalize so that one day the product may be exported; this is the big dream she has.

Shirley tells us that even though the sweets business in Cartagena is quite competitive the quality that’s reflected in the sanitation standards and the purity of her ingredients make her firm a sustainable micro business.

This is her first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and she needs it to buy a larger amount of ingredients that she uses to elaborate the product, like milk and sugar, because she knows that as a young woman, if she persists in meeting her goals, in the end she will secure a future in which her sweets are savored in many parts of the world.
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Shirley S. en Los Calamares, un barrio de la ciudad de Cartagena, vende conservas a base de leche, negocio que inició en compañía de su padre, cuando comercializaba pequeñas cantidades que ofrecía de tienda en tienda y en otros negocios; así logró la aceptación de la comunidad y concretar muchos clientes, hasta convertirse en proveedores de grandes negocios en la ciudad de Cartagena y también en Turbaco, pueblo muy cerca a esta ciudad; este negocio ha sido importante para su vida y la de su familia, porque de él se ha derivado el sustento de ella; por eso sus esfuerzos están dirigidos a que su negocio crezca, se fortalezca y se formalice para algún día poder exportar este producto que es el gran sueño de su vida. Shirley cuenta que aunque el mercado de los dulces en Cartagena es bastante competido, la calidad reflejada en la higiene, la pureza de sus ingredientes hace que su negocio sea una microempresa sostenible. Este es el primer crédito con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo y lo requiere porque va a comprar en mayor volumen los ingredientes que utiliza para su elaboración, como leche y azúcar, porque ella sabe que como mujer joven, si ella persiste en cumplir sus metas, finalmente conseguirá en un futuro que sus conservas sean apetecidas en muchas partes del mundo.

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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
  • 224
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $12,881,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,815.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,125 helped Shirley Maria to buy larger amounts of ingredients like milk and sugar.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Aug 31, 2010
Listed
Sep 3, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Oct 15, 2011