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Diana Karolina
Diana is 24 and owns a sewing workshop located in the Puerto Colombia municipality, where she lives with her husband and 8-month-old baby. She taught herself to sew using an old family sewing machine given to her by a relative. Later, she took a course from SENA, the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (National Apprenticeship Service) and perfected her technique. She now takes courses on the internet. Diana's customers live in Puerto Colombia, where she lives and has her workshop. Puerto Colombia is a municipality on the seashore very close to the city of Barranquilla. She says that the busy season for her is in December, at which time she hires workers for processing in order to serve her clients effectively. As her customer base keeps growing and demanding quality, Diana is requesting a Kiva loan, her first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she will buy a second-hand industrial sewing machine as well as items such as thread, fabric, applications and accessories in order to make more designs in keeping with current fashions and her customers' orders.
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Diana de 24 años de edad, es la propietaria de un taller de confecciones, ubicado en el municipio de Puerto Colombia, donde vive con su esposo y su hijo de 8 meses de nacido. Ella aprendió este oficio de manera autodidacta, empleando una vieja máquina de coser familiar que le regaló un pariente y posteriormente fue perfeccionándose técnicamente a través de cursos del SENA, Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje, y aun hoy hace cursos a través del internet . La clientela de Diana se encuentra en Puerto Colombia, municipio a orillas del mar muy cerca a la ciudad de Barranquilla, donde tiene su taller y habita. Ella manifiesta que sus épocas de temporadas altas se concentran en el mes de Diciembre y allí contrata operarias en el proceso de corte, para responderle efectivamente a su clientela. Como cada vez mas crece su clientela y aumentan las exigencias de calidad, Diana está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el cual comprará una fileteadora industrial de segunda y materiales como telas, hilos, aplicaciones y accesorios, para desarrollar nuevos diseños ajustados a la moda y a los pedidos de su exquisita clientela.

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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

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 491
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,259,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,774.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $650 helped Diana Karolina to buy an industrial sewing machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 15, 2012
Listed
Jun 23, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jul 17, 2013