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Amelia Rosa
Amelia is 50 years old and lives in the town of Soledad, together with her husband and her 26 year-old son. Her business is sewing products such as dresses, shirts, blouses and bedspreads. She also sells merchandise which she receives from Medellín such as jeans and t-shirts. Amelia has been in business for 10 years. At her family's suggestion, she started making clothes for them and, with her own financial resources, she acquired a simple sewing machine, a flat machine and an overlock machine. Her business gradually grew. Now her business is well known owing to the great creativity that she displays in making women's clothes and the good service that she provides to her customers (she sells what her customers request). Her location is also favorable and helps her sales to remain high.

This Kiva loan is Amelia's first loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and she will use it to buy fabric and supplies for making women's dresses to order. She will also buy a 'máquina recubridora' (a special machine used for hemming) which she will use to provide a better finish to the hems of her t-shirts, to edging or ribbons on the bias. Her goal for the future is to set up a workshop and sales location in her new home so that she can diversify her offerings and position herself in the market.
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Amelia de 50 años vive en el Municipio de Soledad con su esposo y su hijo de 26 años y se dedica a la fabricación de productos de confecciones como vestidos, camisas blusas, cubrelechos y también vende mercancía que le traen desde Medellín, como jeans y camisetas. Su negocio funciona desde hace 10 años, cuando por sugerencia de su familia empezó confeccionando la ropa de ellos y con recursos propios adquirió una máquina sencilla, una plana y una fileteadora, con las que gradualmente fue creciendo. Ahora su negocio es reconocido por su gran creatividad en la fabricación de sus prendas femeninas, el buen servicio que presta a sus clientes, pues vende lo que le solicitan y también le favorece su ubicación, que le ayuda a que las ventas se mantengan un buen volumen . Su credikiva es el primer financiamiento que recibe de la Fundación Mari Santo Domingo con el cual comprará telas, e insumos para fabricar vestidos femeninos encargados y también para comprar una maquina recubridora, con la cual trabajará con un mejor acabado los dobladillos de las camisetas, a los ribetes o cintas al bies. Su meta más adelante es lograr adecuar en su nueva vivienda, un local como taller y punto comercial para diversificar su oferta y posicionarse en el mercado.

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
  • 298
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,837,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,787.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $850 helped Amelia Rosa to buy fabric and supplies for making women's clothes. She will also buy a 'máquina recubridora' (a special kind of sewing machine used for hemming).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 22, 2011
Listed
Jun 28, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Jan 15, 2013