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Susana
Doña Susana is a hardworking woman who lives in the city of Cartagena. She has always enjoyed being independent and making her own decisions. This is why having a business has significant meaning. Susana is 74 years old and a married woman with seven children between the ages of 34 and 49. She has chosen to stay active through working and generating income because it gives her much joy. Susana spends a great deal of time preparing and selling food in Maicao, a municipality along the border with Venezuela where commercial activity has developed. Since this area is in an indigenous region, she took some of the goods produced by her customers who own small retail outlets along the beautiful beaches of Bocagrande and at the market in the heroic Colombian city of Bazurto. She currently sells this merchandise to her other customers in her neighborhood and the surrounding areas. These items include bags, shoes, and blankets. The loans she has agreed to take out have been based on potential orders from her customers.


Doña Susana has been with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo for six years and has received 14 loans. As a result of working with the organization, she has been able increase her operating capital and experience personal growth. Her goal later on is to relocate her business into a space away from her home so that it will be more attractive to the entire community. With this Kiva loan, she will buy bags, slippers, blouses, and sandals so that she can respond to her customers in a timely manner since they have already placed their orders.

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Doña Susana es una mujer muy trabajadora que vive en la ciudad de Cartagena, siempre le ha gustado ser independiente y gozar de mucha autonomía para decidir, eso es justamente lo que tener un negocio le ha significado. Porque a la edad de 74 años, siendo una mujer casada con 7 hijos en las edades de 34 a 49 años, por su propia decisión se mantiene activa, trabajando y generando ingresos y mucha alegría por ello. Ella hace mucho tiempo se dedicaba a la preparación y venta de alimentos en Maicao un Municipio fronterizo de Venezuela, donde la actividad mercantil que se desarrolla, por su ubicación geográfica es autóctona de esta región, por eso ella la asumió y se involucró en la venta de mercancías que realizaba a clientes propietarios de tenderetes y pequeños puntos comerciales en las hermosas playas de Bocagrande y aun en el mercado de Bazurto en la ciudad heroica de Colombia. En la actualidad vende a otro tipo de clientela, en su barrio y en sectores aledaños, bolsos, calzado, cobijas, a créditos pactados de acuerdo a las posibilidades de sus clientes. Doña Susana está vinculada a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo hace 6 años en los cuales recibió 14 créditos, organización con la cual logró la ampliación de su capital de trabajo y su crecimiento personal. Su meta más adelante es ubicar su negocio en un espacio aparte pero en su propia vivienda, para hacerlo más atractivo a toda su comunidad. Con su credikiva comprará bolsos chancletas, blusas y sandalias, para responder a su clientela quienes ya la han encargado y desea ser oportuna.

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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

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 483
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,958,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,760.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Susana to purchase bags, slippers, blouses, and sandals.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 30, 2011
Listed
Jul 16, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Mar 15, 2012