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Sadith  Esther
Sadith makes crafts such as bracelets, weavings, and the other handicrafts that she sells to customers at her stand. Her main raw materials are coconuts, seeds, thread and totumos, a fruit that grows in Colombia with a tough peel that hardens when it's ripe.

Her art is part of a tradition, dating from the pre-Columbian era. The indigenous Mocanás who inhabited the central and Atlantic south parts of the country, used these gourds to make dishes called totumas, canteens in which they stored milk and water, and for decorative purposes, as Sadith does.

Since 2004, when she was studying for her diploma, her partner taught her this skill. Currently both work at her stand, located at a busy corner near a shopping mall, which enables her to increase her sales every day. That's why she works tirelessly from Monday to Sunday, from 10:00am to 9:00pm.

Her competition is intense, but she has a good stock, and this is precisely what attracts her customers; besides how well she treats them. At present, she is applying for her first Credikiva, which is also her first loan from the Fundación Santo Domingo. With the money, she will buy thread, stones, metal, totumos and seeds at wholesale, for cash, so that she gets a lot of discounts for volume purchase and for paying cash.
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Sadith se dedica a la fabricación de productos artesanales como manillas, tejidos, pedrería entre otras manualidades, que ofrece a sus clientes en un punto de venta. Sus principales materias primas son el coco, las semillas, los hilos, y el totumo, un fruto que crece en Colombia, es de fuerte corteza que se endurece cuando está maduro. Su arte forma parte de una tradición, usada en la época precolombina, cuando los indígenas mocanás que habitaron el centro y sur del Atlántico, utilizaban esta corteza para hacer vasijas -llamadas totumas- y cantimploras en las que almacenaban leche y agua y para uso decorativo como lo hace Sadith. Desde el año 2004 cuando estudiaba su bachillerato, su cónyuge le enseñó este oficio, en la actualidad ambos trabajan en su punto de ventas, ubicado en una esquina muy concurrida, y cerca de un centro comercial, lo cual hace posible que sus ventas cada día aumenten mas, por eso trabajan sin descanso de lunes a domingo de 10:00 a m a 9:00 p.m. Su competencia es alta pero tiene un buen surtido y esto es justamente lo que atrae a sus clientes, además de su buen trato con ellos. En la actualidad está aplicando a su primer credikiva y también primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el comprará, hilos, piedras, acero, totumos semillas, al por mayor y de contado, con lo cual obtendrá muchos descuentos por volumen de compra y por hacerlo de contado.

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
  • 268
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,343,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,916.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Sadith Esther to buy threads, stones, steel, totumos, and seeds at wholesale, for cash.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Nov 16, 2011
Listed
Nov 22, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Sep 15, 2012