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Miryam Rosa
Miriam Carmona says that in her youth she attended a parochial school and there, the nuns instilled in her a love of sewing. Her mother insisted that she continue her studies and not fall in love too early, as she did, and not finish her studies. This is how she decided to make patterns and perfect her sewing with an old, pedal sewing machine. Then her mother gave her a more modern machine as a gift and she added new designs. So when she married she decided to support her household with her profession. Her discipline and friendly disposition helped her to increase her clientele.

She now has two machines, racks, mannequins and showcases, but she needs to improve her turn around time. For this reason, with her Kiva loan, she will buy a serger sewing machine and special fabrics and trims in large volume. At the end of the year, she is going to dress her customers elegantly to say goodbye to 2010. Miriam is a recognized seamstress in her area and she calls herself "The Golden Needle of Siape" making a comparison with the famous Columbian designer, Amalin D. Hazbun.

In December she aims to increase her business 30% and, in January and February, Carnival will help her to increase her sales even more. This way she will strengthen her business so that she can fulfill her dream of handing down her profession to her descendants.
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Miriam Carmona cuenta que en sus años D. juventud, cuando estudiaba en un colegio D. monjas le sembraron el amor por la costura; su madre tenia condicionado la continuidad D. su estudio con el hecho D. no enamorarse tan temprano, pero como se enamoró su mamá cumplió lo prometido y por eso no siguió estudiando; fue así como se dedicó a elaborar moldes y a perfeccionar la costura, en una vieja máquina D. pedal y luego su madre le regaló una maquina mas moderna, donD. adicionó nuevos diseños; asì fuè que cuando se casó se dedicó a este oficio con el que ha logrado apoyar la gestión D. su hogar y su disciplina y buen comportamiento le han ayudado a aumentar sus clientes. Su infraestructura cuenta con dos máquinas, estantes, maniquí y vitrinas, pero necesita mejorar los tiempos D. sus proceso y su acabado, por eso con su credikiva comprará una maquina rescubridora telas especiales y adornos en gran volumen; porque en el fin D. año va a vestir elegantemente a sus clientes para despedir el 2010: Miriam es una confeccionista reconocida en su sector y ella dice llamarse a si misma “La aguja D. oro D. Siape”, haciendo una comparación con una D. las diseñadoras famosas en Colombia : Amalin D. Hazbun. En diciembre aspira con esta inversiòn aumentar un 30% y entre Enero y Febrero las festividades D. càrnaval le ayudaràn a aumentar aun mas sus ventas, asì es que tiene firme su sueño D. fortalecer su negocio para que este oficio se perpetué entre sus descendientes.

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

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 476
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,958,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,816.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Miryam Rosa to purchase a serger sewing machine, special fabrics and trims in large volume.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Oct 22, 2010
Listed
Nov 1, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Oct 18, 2012