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Ena Luz
Ena Luz S. A. arrived in the city of Barranquilla 17 years ago She had become a widow with three children and decided to seek a better life. Initially she worked as a domestic worker for two years, during which time she perfected her way of preparing meals. She therefore stopped this activity and joined with her current spouse who was devoted to her. At first she sold servings of soup, and today's main activity is the sale of lunches on a daily basis to 35 construction workers. She has added to this the sale of cheese fingers and cold drinks, especially beer, on the weekends, when she sells at least 30 cases. She also offers cell phone services, an activity that provides additional income. Her daughter supports her in this business, she is paid daily and is directly employed by the business.

Ena Luz is now the mother of 5 children aged between 6 to 21 years. Three of them live in another town with their grandparents. She dreams of them all achieving success and being able to study and become professionals. Ena therefore directs all her efforts to make this happen through daily hard work, and she is supported in this by her husband who works as a janitor at a construction firm.

This is the first funding she has received from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she will buy non-perishable products such as rice, oil, grain and beer at wholesale. This is an investment that promises to be successful, not only because of the experience of the entrepreneur in these activities but also because the season is about to become more cheerful with fun in the city from The Carnival of Barranquilla, where "everything is for sale", especially those products Ena prepares for festivals and for the local celebrations that take place with families in their communities.
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Ena Luz S. A. llegó a la ciudad de Barranquilla desde hace 17 años, cuando quedó viuda con sus tres hijos y decidió buscarles un mejor horizonte, inicialmente trabajó como empleada del servicio doméstico durante dos años, época en la cual perfeccionó su forma de preparar comidas, por eso al dejar esta actividad y unirse a su cónyuge se dedicó a ella; en un principio vendió sopas en porciones y hoy tiene como actividad principal la venta de almuerzos diarios a 35 operarios de la construcción, a la cual ha agregado la venta de deditos de queso, y de bebidas frías especialmente de cervezas, actividad que realiza los fines de semana en los cuales vende numero no menor de 30 canastas, también ofrece servicios de telefonía celular, actividades que le representa ingresos adicionales; en su negocio la apoya su nuera, a quien paga diariamente y sostiene un empleo directo. Ena Luz ahora madre de 5 hijos en las edades de 6 a 21 años, tres de ellos viviendo en otra población con sus abuelos, sigue soñando con que todos logren ser exitosos y puedan estudiar y ser profesionales de bien; así mismo Ena dirige todos sus esfuerzos para que esto ocurra mediante el arduo trabajo diario y apoyada por su cónyuge que trabaja como celador de una constructora. Este es el primer financiamiento que recibe de la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo y con él comprará productos no perecederos como arroz, aceite y granos y también cervezas al por mayor, inversión que augura sea exitosa, no solo por la experiencia de la microempresaria en estas actividades, sino también porque se acerca la temporada mas alegre, divertida de la Ciudad: El carnaval de Barranquilla donde “todo lo que se ofrece se vende” especialmente los productos que prepara Ena para verbenas y fiesta autóctonas que realizan las familias en sus comunidades.

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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
  • 245
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,479,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,860.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Ena Luz to buy non-perishable products such as rice, oil, grains and also beer at wholesale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 4, 2011
Listed
Mar 14, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Apr 15, 2012