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Dunia
Dunia, 55, is a married woman with three children, aged 25 to 36. She is a seamstress who makes all types of clothing for women, men and children.

She obtained her knowledge when she was 14 years old, when her sister stopped providing formal studies, and she decided to learn a skill that would enable her to get ahead. Thus it was that in 1971 she worked in a tailoring business for two years and later learned other procedures in a variety of tailoring businesses: she learned to operate industrial machines, she worked finishing articles and in all stages of tailoring for 15 years. Then 4 years ago she started her own business together with a friend who has a workshop in her house. However, she also does some work at her own home where she has a family sewing machine and meets the needs of her private customers who number no less than 40.

Her husband is a great help since he works for an optical company and both of them contribute to the wellbeing of the family.

Dunia receives payment on delivery; sometimes they give her an advance payment of 50%, with which she begins the work Her garments are very well made and this has garnered wide recognition and attracted customers.

Currently Dunia is applying for a loan, her first funding from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it she will buy a serging machine which will enable her to optimize her time and improve her finishing. With this loan she will resolve one of her pressing needs, since to overcast seams she now has to go to the workshops of friends who let her use their machines. Her future goal is to have a well-equipped workshop with a good infrastructure that will enable her to concentrate all stages of production and generate jobs for other seamstresses.
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Dunia de 55 años de edad es una mujer casada que tienen 3 hijos en las edades de 25 a 36 años y se dedica a las confecciones, de todo tipo de prendas de vestir en las líneas femeninas, masculinas e infantiles. Su conocimiento lo obtuvo desde sus 14 años de edad, cuando su hermana dejó de darle estudios formales y decidió salir adelante aprendiendo un arte que se lo permitiera. Así fue como en el año 1971, trabajó en una empresa de confecciones durante un periodo de dos años, y posteriormente aprendió otros proceso en diversas empresas confeccionistas, donde aprendió a operar maquinas industriales, trabajó en mejoramiento final de la prenda, y en todas las operaciones de la confección durante un periodo de 15 años, hasta que desde hace 4 se dedicó a su propio negocio en compañía de una amiga, que posee un taller en su casa, pero algunas de las tareas las hace en su vivienda donde cuenta con una máquina familiar, con la que simultáneamente atiende las necesidades de sus clientes en un número no menor de 40. Su esposo es su gran apoyo, pues trabaja en una óptica y ambos le aportan al bienestar de su familia. El sistema de venta de Dunia es contra entrega, en algunas ocasiones le dan un anticipo del 50% de la prenda, con el que inicia su trabajo. Sus prendas de vestir son muy bien elaboradas y esto la lleva a ser muy reconocida y a tener siempre clientes. En la actualidad está aplicando su credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el cual comprará una maquina fileteadora, con ella planea optimizar sus tiempos y mejorara su acabado. Con este crédito resolverá una de sus necesidades apremiantes, pues para filetear debe acudir a talleres amigos que le prestan el servicio. Su meta mas adelante es tener un taller bien dotado de una infraestructura que le permita concentrar todas las tareas productivas y generar empleos a otras confeccionistas.

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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

  • $6,070
    Average annual income
  • 190
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,162,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,805.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Dunia to purchase a serging machine which will optimize her time and improve the finishing on her garments.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 30, 2012
Listed
Feb 5, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Sep 15, 2012