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Alenys Meleth
Alenys B. is a young woman who lives with her parents and brother in a very close family environment in Carrizal neighborhood of Barranquilla. This is a cheerful, party area and it is where Alenys runs her business selling fast food such as 'salchipapas' (a combination of sausage and French fries in sauce), hot dogs, burgers, natural juices and fried products in general.

In her community, which is large, and in the surrounding neighborhoods, everybody is familiar with the food from Alenys' business. Her business came about when she found herself without a formal job. She took advantage of the situation and re-activated a business that her family hadn't kept going. She and her boyfriend (who she will marry soon) decided to re-establish the business and keep it running. She took on this risk without being very sure but her business began to grow and she has managed to stabilize it. She has even realized that she can make more progress in it.

The success factor of this small businesswoman is her persistence in going from less to more. She has managed to go from selling just a few products to selling many more, adding soft drinks to her line of products. Alenys prepares natural juices with fresh tropical fruits such as mangos, watermelon, mandarins, bananas, etc. Her business is always busy with customers seeking a taste delight, good hygiene and good food.

This Kiva loan is Alenys' first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and she will use it to buy a sauces, fats, vegetables, cold cuts, tropical fruit and sugar in larger quantities. Her dream is to acquire a bigger and more comfortable sales location as her customers are always the great leaders of her business.
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Alenys B. es una joven Barranquillera que vive con sus padres y hermano, en un ambiente de mucha unidad familiar, en el barrio Carrizal de Barranquilla, lugar alegre, carnavalero y escenario donde se desempeña en su negocio de vender de comidas rápidas, como salchipapas combinación de salchicha con papas fritas en salsas), perros calientes, hamburguesas, jugos naturales y productos fritos en general.
En su comunidad que es de gran tamaño y en los barrios aledaños a ella, todos conocen los alimentos que se preparan en el negocio de Alenys, que surgió después de haberse quedado sin empleo formal, lo cual aprovechó para reactivar un negocio al que no había dado continuidad su familia, y que ella y su novio, (con el que pronto contraerá matrimonio), decidieron darse a la tarea de reinaugurarlo y lograr mantenerlo. Una vez asumió este riesgo sin estar muy convencida, su negocio empezó a crecer y ha logrado estabilizarlo, hasta darse cuenta que puede progresar con él aun mas. El factor de éxito de esta microempresa de alimentos es su persistencia para ir de menos a mas y lograr haber pasado de vender uno pocos productos a muchos mas, adicionándole la refresquería con su producto estrella, pues los jugos naturales preparados con frutas tropicales frescas como mangos, patilla, naranja, mandarina, banano, etc hacen que esté siempre concurrido por su clientes, que buscan el deleite gustativo, la higiene y una buena alimentación. Este su Credikiva es su primer financiamiento con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el cual comprará en mayor cantidad salsas, grasas, verduras, carnes frías, frutas tropicales y azúcar. Su sueño es ahora lograr una locación muy amplia y confortable para que sus clientes sean siempre los grandes jefes de su negocio.

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
  • 496
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,967,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,900.4
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Alenys Meleth to buy sauces, fats, vegetables, cold cuts, tropical fruits and sugar in larger quantities.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Feb 28, 2011
Listed
Feb 25, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Apr 15, 2012