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Glenis
Glenis lives with her husband and their three children, ages 17 to 20, in the town of San Juan Nepomuceno. In 1995 she and her partner began their business making artisan footwear. At the beginning she made sandals for her daughters and some friends, and through their first buyers she gradually became known among her neighbors who liked her designs. Glenis already knew how to sew before this business, and added this knowledge, learning about sewing soles and linings which are her part of the operation. Her goal is to have a bigger workshop with modern machines that will make the work easier and encourage employment, helping to generate more income so that her kids and study and become successful professionals and improve their quality of life.

Currently she is applying for a Kiva loan, her first with the Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo, which she will use to buy materials in bulk and in cash - things like acrylic platforms, soles, linings, rubber. All of this will guarantee her success because it will let her make fashionable designs according to what her customers want, since Glenis works on request.
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Glenis vive con su cónyuge y sus tres hijos en las edades de 17 a 20 años, en el municipio de San Juan Nepomuceno. Ella desde el año 1995 inició el negocio de fabricar calzado artesanal en compañía de su cónyuge, al principio de manera empírica elaboraba sandalias para sus hijas y algunas amigas, gradualmente a través de sus primeros compradores, se dio a conocer y se extendió entre sus vecinos, a quienes les gustaron los diseños. Glenis como manejaba su maquina de coser desde antes de iniciar con este negocio, agregó este conocimiento, aprendiendo, la costura de suelas y forros, que son las operaciones en las que participa. Su meta es tener un local más amplio con maquinarias modernas, que le faciliten el trabajo y fomentar el empleo, ayudando con ello a generar más ingresos, para que sus hijos estudien y se conviertan en profesionales exitosos, mejorando cada vez más su calidad de vida. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, mediante el cual comprará materiales en mayor volumen y de contado, como plataformas de acrílico, láminas para las suelas, forros, gomas. Todo esto garantiza su éxito porque permite elaborar diseños de acuerdo con la temporada y tal como sus clientes lo solicitan, debido a que Glenis trabaja sobre pedidos.

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
  • 561
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,903,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,761.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Glenis to buy materials in bulk and in cash, like acrylic platforms, sheets for the soles, linings and rubber.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 20, 2012
Listed
Mar 31, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
May 17, 2013