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José
José B. is 47 years old. He has a small factory for making shoes and purses in the San Isidro neighborhood of the city of Barranquilla. His specialty is women's and men's sandals and women's purses. He learned to make these products with his own hands when he worked as an assistant in small workshops around the city; this was how he got most of his experience. He has perfected his work day by day through observation of the market and application of his creativity; above all, he has gained knowledge through his trade of shoe-making and leather-working and from the National Service for Learning, an organization that has as its mission “Investing in the social and technical development of the Colombian workers, professional training that is integral for the incorporation and development of people in productive activities that contribute to the social, economic, and technological development of the country.”

This is his first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, in cooperation with Kiva. He will buy raw materials such as imitation leather, toe caps, and shoe forms to modernize his designs and offer stylish shoes that can be adapted to the requirements of his customers and their ability to pay. He offers his products for paid-in-full and also on credit.

His main goal is to have a workshop that is well-equipped with infrastructure, and with a sales room so he can attend to customers one-on-one. He wants to offer a variety of products with designs that are adapted not only to the fashion of moment, but also to the customers’ requirements for durability and comfort. Meanwhile, he continues working hard to achieve each one of his dreams.
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José B. de 47 años tiene una fábrica artesanal de calzado y bolsos en el barrio San Isidro de la ciudad de Barranquilla; su especialidad son las sandalias en las líneas femeninas, masculinas y los bolsos para damas, productos que aprendió a fabricar con sus propias manos, cuando trabajó como ayudante en pequeños talleres de la ciudad; este fue el ejercicio de donde se deriva su mayor experiencia, la cual ha perfeccionado día a día mediante la observación del mercado, la aplicación de toda su creatividad, pero sobre todo, del conocimiento adquirido en el oficio de calzado y marroquinería, en el Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), organización que tiene como misión “Invertir en el desarrollo social y técnico de los trabajadores colombianos, formación profesional integral para la incorporación y el desarrollo de las personas en actividades productivas que contribuyan al desarrollo social, económico y tecnológico del país”
Este es su primer financiamiento con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con su credikiva comprará materias primas, como cuerina, capelladas y hormas, para modernizar sus diseños y ofrecer calzado a la moda, adaptado a los requerimientos y posibilidades de pago de sus clientes, a los que ofrece sus productos acredito y de contado.
Su principal meta es tener un taller bien dotado de toda la infraestructura, con su punto comercial, para atender sus clientes uno a uno y ofrecer una gama de productos con diseños adaptados no solo a la moda, sino a los requerimientos de durabilidad y comodidad, exigidos por la clientela. Mientras tanto continúa trabajando persistentemente para lograr alcanzar cada uno de sus sueños.

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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
  • 529
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,691,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,798.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped José to buy raw materials, such as imitation leather, toe caps, and shoe forms.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 20, 2011
Listed
Apr 24, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
May 15, 2012