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Alexandra
Alexandra Díaz is 41 years old and lives with her two children, ages 20 and 22, in the Alcalá neighborhood of Bogotá. She dreams of seeing her children become successful in the near future.

Alexandra sews staff shirts and uniforms. In her case, customers send her the cut fabric and she assembles and finishes each item. Lately she has been designing her own shirts and needs working capital to invest in supplies and materials. Her experience has allowed her to create very good quality, so she has attracted good customers from different companies, as well as her previous local customers. This will be her first Kiva loan through “Fundación Mario Santo Domingo,” and she will use the money to buy fabric, leather, thread, and buttons.

She began her business eight years ago, by doing work sent to her from a factory, but this has gradually opened other doors for her with other companies and clothing warehouses and she has responded to this opportunity because she is making shirts, using techniques that improve the quality of the clothing. This has brought her new customers who seek good quality.

Her dream is to have her own clothing warehouse open to the public, where she can manufacture her exclusive designs, and pair them with men’s slacks and ties. She would like it to be located in a strategic business corridor so that she can increase her sales each day and be successful with her sales and clothing warehouse.

Currently, her average sales are 6,000,000 COP; her net profit is 45.9%; and she has working capital in the amount of 3,070,000 COP. She rotates her inventory every 25 days. If you were to meet Alexandra, you would see that she has clear objectives, especially in her plans to produce 200 shirts a month, because she wants to grow as an entrepreneur and continue moving her children ahead.
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Alexandra Díaz tiene 41 años de edad y vive en el barrio Alcalá de a ciudad de Bogotá, con sus dos hijos en las edades de 20 y 22 años, con los que sueña verlos exitosos en un futuro muy cercano. Alexandra se dedica a coser camisas, y uniformes de dotación, mediante el sistema satelital, es decir le envían la prenda cortada para que ella prepare, ensamble y acabe cada una; últimamente está diseñando sus propias camisas y necesita capital para invertir en sus materias primas e insumos, porque a razón de su experiencia ha logrado una muy buena calidad en lo que confecciona, por esos ha conseguido buenos clientes en diversa empresas y también de su antigua clientela doméstica; así que con su credikiva, que es el primer financiamiento con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, va a comprar tela, pellón, hilos y botones para ese fin. Cuando Alexandra inició su negocio lo hizo hace ocho años, maquilando para una fabrica, pero gradualmente se le han abierto las puertas en empresas y almacenes y ella ha respondido, porque está confeccionando camisas con técnicas que realzan la calidad de la prenda, por ello ha logrado nuevos y exigentes compradores.
Su sueño es tener un almacén abierto al público, donde confeccione exclusivamente sus diseños acoplados con corbatas y pantalones para hombres, ella desea que esté ubicado en un corredor comercial estratégico, para que sus ventas cada día se incrementen y logre ser exitosa con sus confecciones y con su almacén. En la actualidad sus ventas promedios son de $6.000.000 COP, su utilidad bruta es de 45,9%, tiene un capital de trabajo de $3.070.000 COP y su rotación de inventarios es de 25 días. Si usted conoce a Alexandra, percibirá que tiene unos objetivos muy claros especialmente en lo que se refiere a posicionar las camisas que va a producir y que representan 200 unidades al mes en este momento, porque su sueño es crecer empresarialmente y continuar sacando a sus dos hijos adelante

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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
  • 577
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,702,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,905.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,050 helped Alexandra materials and supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Dec 12, 2010
Listed
Nov 30, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Feb 15, 2012