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Alicia
Alicia Gracia R. is a young woman whose work is making blouses. She has worked in this business for a long time. At the beginning she had only a simple sewing machine, a lot of energy, and the support of her family. Gradually she managed to acquire her flat-bed sewing machine and her serger, and thus she has continued growing her business until she had a workshop infrastructure that produced profits, with which she can acquire everything necessary to support her three children, of ages 4 months, 7, and 9. For this reason, her dream is to grow and strengthen her workshop in order to have a future with better well-being and more opportunities for her family.

With her Kiva loan, which is her first, she will buy a collar machine and a serger. With them she will be able to improve the quality and time in production, in addition to decreasing the cost of production, since she hires these services and has to pay transportation to obtain them. Now her greatest challenge is keeping up with production, which grows every day, since she does not have the machines that her work requires or the time that she needs to dedicate to her little children. But she knows that she is building the family future, and this is precisely why she works hard.
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Alicia Gracia R. es una mujer joven dedicada a la confección de blusas, ella ha trabajado en este oficio desde hace mucho tiempo, cuando en un principio solo contaba con una máquina sencilla, mucho esfuerzo y el apoyo de su familia. Gradualmente logró adquirir su maquina plana y su fileteadora y así ha ido creciendo hasta lograr tener una infraestructura de taller que le genere utilidades, con la cual adquirir todo lo necesario para el sustento de sus 3 hijos de 4 meses, 7 y 9 años, por eso su sueño está en conseguir el crecimiento y fortalecimiento de su taller para tener un futuro con mayor bienestar familiar y mejores oportunidades.

Con su credikiva que es el primero, comprará una máquina collarín y una fileteadora, con ellas logrará mejorar la calidad, y los tiempos de producción además de disminuir los costos del proceso pues alquila estos servicios y debe pagar transporte para obtenerlos. En la actualidad su mayor desafío es responder a la producción que cada dia crece ,pues no tiene las maquinarias que ello le amerita y también el tiempo necesario para dedicarle a sus pequeños hijos, pero ella sabe que esta construyendo su futuro familiar y justamente por eso trabaja fuertemente.

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
  • 563
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,650,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,798.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $725 helped Alicia buy a collar machine and a serger.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Sep 22, 2010
Listed
Sep 23, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Oct 15, 2011