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Esther Maria
Esther is 57 years old and has 2 children, 29 and 31 years old. Her business bears her name and was born once she had taken a dressmaking course; she only used to sew for herself and her children but gradually when the economic situation required it, she decided to work individually tailoring clothes for friends and neighbours who made up her first domestic customer base. This gradually increased with referrals from her very own customers, giving her an income which helped her take care of her children. Currently both children are professionals in the healthcare sectors of nursing and radiology and she is very happy and proud of this fact of fulfilling the dream of seeing them turned into successful people in the service of society. Currently she is applying for her first Kiva loan, the 13th funding she has with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, an organisation with which she has developed the technical infrastructure of her business and improved her economic standing. With her Kiva loan she will buy raw materials and consumables such as fabric.,sliders, ornaments, as she is getting ready for the first communions of many children whose mothers prefer that Esther make their children's dresses.
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Esther de 57 años de edad tiene dos hijos en las edades de 29 y 31 años. Su negocio que lleva su propio nombre, nació una vez hizo un curso de modistería; ella solo confeccionaba para ella y para sus hijos, pero gradualmente cuando la situación económica lo requirió, decidió trabajar confeccionando a la medida entre vecinos y amigos, quienes fueron su primera clientela doméstica, la que gradualmente fue incrementándose con los referidos de sus propios compradores, logrando ingresos que le ayudaron a sacar a sus hijos adelante; en la actualidad ambos son profesionales de la enfermería y la radiología y de eso se siente muy feliz y orgullosa por haber cumplido el sueño de verlos convertidos en personas exitosas y al servicio de la sociedad. En la actualidad está aplicando a su primer credikiva, treceavo financiamiento que tiene con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, organización con la cual ha desarrollado la infraestructura técnica de su negocio y con ello ha mejorado su nivel económico. Con su credikiva comprará materias primas e insumos como telas, correderas, adornos, pues está preparándose para responder a las primeras comuniones de muchos niños cuyas madres prefieren que Esther confeccione los vestidos de sus hijos.

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
  • 269
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,343,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,860.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,100 helped Esther Maria to buy raw materials and consumables such as fabric, sliders and ornaments.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Oct 28, 2011
Listed
Oct 29, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Jul 20, 2013