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Dewis Enrique
Dewis, 34, lives in the city of Cartagena. He has a small cobbler shop run for all the members of his family, a business that he started so he could develop his free and entrepreneurial work spirit. He arrived in Cartagena five years ago from Santa Ana Magdalena with a great desire to work.

He started his work life as an employee in a neighborhood store. When he got together his money little by little to be independent and he had learned how to deal with customers, he decided to apply his knowledge of shoe repair to a business that would generate his own means of support. He does this with great happiness, just as the photo shows.

He is located in an informal stall, a strategic place where he is well recognized by the residents of the area. Not only does Dewis repair shoes for women, men, and children, very early in the day he also sells coffee and tobacco products on the terrace of a store. For this he has 18 thermoses that he acquired little by little, the result of his work as a cobbler.

His long-term goal is to improve the conditions of his cobbler business and to grow with machinery and equipment. He also will adapt his infrastructure so that when he organizes his family everything is ready to give them well-being and to be even happier.

Currently he is applying for a Kiva loan, the first loan he has requested from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it he will buy work materials such as adhesive, molds, soles, etc. He also will buy more thermoses and will make the most of this investment to have a new and elegant cart with which he will impress his market.

His Kiva loan will be successful because today it is a big challenge to get enough alternative working capital to invest. With his Kiva loan he will respond to his rising growth, improve his service, better present the quality and security of his image, and cultivate new customers, converting them into devoted buyers of his products and services. These are his main goals.
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Dewis de 34 años de edad vive en la ciudad de Cartagena y tienen una pequeña remontadora de calzado dirigida a todos los miembros de su familia; negocio que inició para desarrollar su libre y emprendedor espíritu de trabajo, pues llegó a la ciudad de Cartagena hace 5 años, desde Santa Ana Magdalena y con muchas ganas de trabajar; así fue como inició su vida laboral empleado en una tienda en su barrio y cuando reunió poco a poco dinero para ser independiente y había aprendido a tratar con clientes, decidió aplicar los conocimiento de reparación de calzado a un negocio, que le generara su propio sustento, el cual desarrolla con mucha alegría, tal como lo muestra en la fotografía. Él se encuentra ubicado en una chaza, sitio estratégico donde es muy reconocido por los residentes del sector. Pero no solamente Dewis remonta calzado para damas, caballeros y niños, sino que también muy temprano vende café y productos de cigarrería en la terraza de una tienda, tiene para ello 18 termos que adquirió poco a poco producto de su trabajo de remontar calzado. Su meta mas adelante es mejorar las condiciones de su remontadora y crecer con maquinarias y equipos, así mismo adecuar su infraestructura de venta de café, para que cuando organice su familia esté todo dispuesto para brindarle bienestar y ser aun más feliz. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el cual comprará materiales de trabajo como pegante, puntillas, suelas etc, así como también comprará mas termos y aprovechará esta inversión para tener una nueva y elegante carretilla, con la cual impactará su mercado. Su credikiva tendrá éxito porque hoy es un gran desafío acceder a un capital de trabajo alterno y suficiente para invertir y con su credikiva responderá a su ascendente crecimiento, mejorará las condiciones de su servicio, tendrá una mejor presentación en su imagen de calidad y seguridad y fidelizará nuevos clientes, convirtiéndolos así en asiduos compradores de sus productos y servicios que son su objetivo principal.

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
  • 137
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $12,811,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,765.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Dewis Enrique to buy adhesive, molds, soles, etc., as well as thermoses and a new cart.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 30, 2012
Listed
May 16, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Dec 15, 2012