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Mildred is 49 years old. She lives south-west of the city with her family, which consists of her spouse and four children (between the ages of 22 and 30). She has one business where she sells food and another where she distributes a variety of retail goods during special periods of time.

These businesses serve her very well. The food sales are aimed at employees of businesses that are located near her home. Every day she takes them lunches and/or snacks because they can't come to her home to eat them. She also sells delicious cookies called “chepa-corinas” that come from her hometown.

And on the other hand she sells products through catalogues that promote cosmetics, perfumes, clothing, etc.

Her goal for the future is to have her own home through the Sueños y Oportunidades (Dreams and Opportunities) project which is sponsored by the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo.

As far as her business goes, she wants to continue increasing her small number of sales.

This last goal is the reason for which she is asking for a Kiva loan that she will use to buy plastic tables and chairs to provide a more comfortable atmosphere for her demanding customers that she hasn't been able to attend to.

She will also buy a variety of other merchandise like clothing that has been pre-ordered. She can then let her customers know and be more timely each time with them.
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Mildred de 49 años de edad, vive al sur occidente de la ciudad con su familia conformada por su cónyuge y sus 4 hijos en las edades de 22 a 30 años. Ella tiene un negocio mediante el cual vende alimentos y otro mediante el cual distribuye mercancía variada mediante plazos especiales y al detalle. Estas actividades las combina muy bien, así la venta de comidas está dirigida a empleados de empresas que están ubicadas alrededor de su vivienda, a quienes lleva diariamente almuerzos y/o meriendas, pues ellos no pueden trasladarse a su vivienda a consumirlos, también vende galletas exquisitas provenientes de su pueblo natal llamadas “Chepa-Corinas”, y por otro lado vende productos mediante catálogos o guías especializadas a través de los cuales promociona cosméticos, perfumería, ropa etc. Su meta mas adelante, es tener su propia casa en el proyecto Sueños y Oportunidades, liderado por la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo y empresarialmente continuar ampliando su pequeño punto de ventas. Esta última es la razón por la cual acude a un credikiva mediante el cual comprará mesas plásticas y sillas, para brindar un ambiente confortable a su clientela demandante, que no ha podio atender y también comprará mercancías variadas, como ropa que tiene encargada y va a dar respuesta a su clientela, siendo así cada vez mas oportuna con ellos.

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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
  • 358
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,676,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,805.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Mildred to buy plastic tables and chairs and a variety of other merchandise that has been pre-ordered through catalogues.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 25, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 17, 2013