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Candida
66 year-old Cándida is very happy to be living in her own home which is located in the Ciudad Bicentenario macro-housing project which is administered by Fundación Mario Santo Domingo as part of their social focus on creating sustainable communities. Cándida has her own business there called "Comercializadora La Niña Cande” where she sells soft drinks, chicken, cold cuts and packed lunches from a sales location which is gradually positioning itself as the community grows. There are plans to build 25,000 homes within the community and so the projection for her business is solid.

Cándida used to live in San José, another town within Bolívar department. She was uprooted from there and lost all her livestock so she set up home in Cartagena in order to build new dreams. She has gradually made progress. She has obtained her own home and a way of making a living through a business. She dreams of growing her business, increasing her working capital and also her number of customers.

This Kiva loan is the first loan that Cándida has received from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use it to buy crates of soda and drinks, packed lunches, cold cuts and essential household products in larger quantities. Housewives have been requesting these products recently and they have a quick turnover. Cándida's goal for the future is to add a bakery to her business because she can manage that trade perfectly and there is a good growth potential in her area as there is still no bakery there.
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Cándida de 66 años se siente muy feliz por encontrarse en su propia casa en el macroproyecto Ciudad Bicentenario, gestionado por la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo en su enfoque misional de construir comunidades sostenibles. Allí tiene su propio negocio llamado “Comercializadora La Niña Cande” donde vende refrescos, pollo, carnes frías y mecatos, en un punto de venta que está gradualmente posicionándose en la medida en que crezca esta comunidad, que planea un número de 25 mil viviendas, por eso su proyección es firme.
Cándida vivía en San José otro municipio del departamento de Bolívar de donde vino en condiciones de desplazamiento y perdió todos su semovientes, así fue que se instaló en Cartagena a construir suevos sueños y gradualmente ha progresado, consiguió su propia casa y una forma de generar ingresos mediante un negocio, con el que sueña hacerlo crecer, aumentando su capital de trabajo y con ello sus clientes; su credikiva es el primer financiamiento que hace a al Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el cual comprará en mayor volumen cajas de refrescos y bebidas, mecatos carnes frías y productos de la canasta familiar, que últimamente solicitan las amas de casa y son de rotación rápida. Su meta más adelante es adicionarle una panadería a su negocio, porque este oficio lo maneja perfectamente y hay un buen potencial de crecimiento en esta zona donde aún no existe una.

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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
  • 286
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,063,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,779.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Candida to buy sodas and soft drinks, packed lunches, cold cuts and essential household products in larger volumes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 20, 2011
Listed
Jun 24, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Aug 15, 2012