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Merys
Merys, 54, lives with her husband in the town of Malambo; they have three children whose ages range from 19 to 30 years. She has a sewing business in this town that started in the city of Barranquilla when she took a technical course in this field through which she learned. Later during three years she worked sewing on order for her family and friends and for the last 17 years when she moved to this town she started her enterprising idea in an organized fashion getting in contact with several schools.

She’s been part of the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo programs for the last four years, an organization from which she’s received three loans that have provided enough working capital for her to meet customer demand. She’s been able to use her income to provide schooling for her children. Her goal for later on is to have a straight stitch sewing machine to improve production times and quality of items. Her greatest challenge occurred two years ago when she became ill and this affected her business’ productivity but since Merys is not easily defeated she’s managed to get ahead.

This is why she’s today calling on a Kiva loan, her fourth financing from the Fundación that she’ll use to buy raw materials and supplies in volume to fill orders for school uniforms she’s been contracted to do. Her investment will be successful because she works based on contractual agreements with schools and her experience and tenacity are parts of her successful personality which makes her expected accomplishment possible.
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Merys de 54 años, vive con su esposo en el municipio de Malambo y tienen 3 hijos en las edades de 19 a 30 años; allí en este municipio tiene un negocio de confecciones, que empezó en la ciudad de Barranquilla, cuando hizo un curso técnico en este oficio, mediante el cual aprendió. Posteriormente durante 3 años, trabajó confeccionando a sus familiares y amigas, sobre medidas y desde hace 17 años, cuando se mudó a este municipio, inició ya organizada su idea emprendedora, logrando contactar varios colegios. Desde hace 4 años forma parte de los programas de la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, organización con la cual ha recibido 3 financiamientos, con los cuales ha logrado tener el capital de trabajo suficiente para responder a su clientela y mejorar sus ingresos, porque con este dinero logró financiar los pedidos de sus clientes y con sus ingresos ha educado a sus hijos. Su meta mas adelante es tener una máquina plana, para mejorar los tiempos productivos y la calidad de la prenda. Su mayor desafío, ocurrió cuando se enfermó hace 2 años y esto afectó la productividad de su negocio, pero como Merys no se rinde fácilmente, ha logrado salir adelante. Por eso hoy acude a su credikiva, cuarto financiamiento que hace a la Fundación, con el comprará materias primas e insumos por volumen, para responder a pedidos de uniformes de colegios, con los cuales ha contratado. Su inversión será exitosa porque la hace sobre convenios escolares y su experiencia y tenacidad es parte de su personalidad exitosa que potencializa el logro esperado.

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
  • 177
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,171,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,760.2
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,150 helped Merys to buy sewing supplies in volume.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 9, 2012
Listed
Mar 20, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Aug 30, 2013