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Viviana
27-year old Viviana lives in one of the most important craft-making areas of the department of Bolívar. Traditional crafts that are made there include knitting, hammock making, bag making etc. and are well-known throughout Colombia.

Ever since she was a child, Viviana has seen her whole family engaged in making crafts so she also decided to earn her living in a job she enjoyed. In order to perfect her art she has taken courses leading to a diploma. Her goal in the future is to own a store where she can offer a wide variety of designs that she has created, often with input from her customers.

Currently Viviana is preparing for the holiday period when many tourists traveling along the main highway through Colombia stop to buy crafts. As she lacks the money to buy the supplies necessary to make these preparations, she is now seeking her first loan with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation. With the money she plans to buy thread and other supplies for making school bags, backpacks and other similar items that she creates in her imagination. Her customers greatly admire her work and buy the items she makes.
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Viviana de 27 años vive en un uno de los municipios de mayor tradición artesanal del departamento de Bolívar, donde el tejido vertical, las hamacas, los bolsos tejidos y las artesanías en general son muy reconocidas en el territorio de Colombia. Desde muy pequeña ha visto a toda su familia desempeñarse en este oficio y esta es la razón por la cual decidió ganarle dinero a lo que a ella más le gusta, “las artesanías”, por eso para perfeccionarla ha realizado cursos y hasta un diplomado. Su meta mas adelante es tener un almacén, donde pueda ofrecer gran variedad de diseños que ella misma crea y que muchas veces el cliente ayuda a estructurar. En la actualidad se prepara para la etapa vacacional, donde muchos turistas en su viaje por la troncal de Caribe, se detienen a comprar artesanías y a ella le resulta insuficiente su capital de trabajo para lograr responderles. Esta es la razón por la cual acude a su credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el cual comprará hilos y materiales varios, para elaborar bolsos, para el colegio, mochilas y suvenires tejidos, dándole curso a su imaginación y respondiendo a la admiración que sienten sus clientes turistas por el oficio artesanal y que le compran en pequeñas cantidades.

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

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 560
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,893,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,919.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped Viviana to buy thread and other supplies for making school bags, backpacks etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Dec 27, 2011
Listed
Dec 28, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Mar 15, 2013