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Levis Maria
Levis Maria is married and the mother of three children between the ages of 11 and 17. She lives in Cartagena, where she has a cart selling potato chips, cheese puffs, candy, and other snacks. She also has a number of other businesses, such as tailoring, offering internet service, and selling medications for high blood pressure--which is to say, a little of everything. She studied nursing, but when she was working as a nurse she wasn't able to spend much time with her family, so she quit her job to start working as a seamstress and gradually began selling out of her home and then providing internet service. This is her first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, because she needs working capital to buy a computer and expand her internet shop, and to restock her cart.
Levis is much happier now that she has this business, because her family is happy and she doesn't have to work late into the night like she did as a nurse. Her goal going forward is to set up in an air-conditioned space and offer, in addition to internet service, ice cream and sweets, and use that additional income to improve her family's well-being and make everyone in her home very happy.
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Levis Maria es una mujer casada y con tres hijos en las edades de 11 a 17 años, que vive en la ciudad de Cartagena; allí tiene una chaza o punto de venta de papitas, chitos, chokis, mecatos y desarrolla otras actividades como la confección y también ofrece los servicios de internet y medición de la presión arterial, es decir de todo un poco. Ella estudió enfermería y cuando trabajaba en esa profesión, tenia muy poco tiempo que compartir con su familia, por eso su esposo e hijos la requerían y ella dejó su antiguo trabajo para dedicarse a las confecciones y gradualmente a la comercialización de mercancías en una chaza en su propia casa, y a la venta de minutos, actividades a las que fue agregando el servicio de internet. Este es su primer financiamiento con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, porque necesita capital de trabajo para comprar un computador y ampliar su negocio de internet y surtir su negocio de mercancías.
Levis Maria desde que tiene este negocio se siente mas contenta, porque su familia está feliz y ella no tiene que trasnochar como cuando ejercía su profesión. Su meta mas adelante es adecuar un local con aire acondicionado, para agregar a los servicios de internet, heladería y dulcería y con ello nuevos ingresos que beneficien el bienestar familiar y que haga felices a todos en casa.

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
  • 299
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,063,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,843.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped Levis Maria purchase a computer to expand her internet business, and restock her snack stand.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 14, 2011
Listed
Jan 25, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Oct 15, 2011