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Zoraida
Zoraida, 45, works making clothing and handicrafts by hand such as place mats, key chains, and accessories painted with different techniques and resinated products. She became accomplished in sewing from a very young age, when she studied in a school run by nuns and learned this art, which has served her to make the most of her talent and develop her own source of income and work.

In the beginning she did it with several women in her neighborhood. They organized themselves as a cooperative and each one brought her own machine, which they got a place for and started producing clothing. Although this project didn't last very long, it gave her a foundation for her experience and she went out on her own. At first she felt discouraged, but she didn't waste any time taking control of things and making clothes for neighbors, relatives, and friends, who gradually started referring her to other people who needed her services, until she formed her current steady clientele.

Zoraida has managed to add value to her work because her great creative potential shows in her designs. She has taken arts and crafts courses that have enabled her to do excellent finishing touches. Also, she was sponsored by a multinational company in her art and technical courses to be applied to handicrafts. She organized herself with other women to produce, making the most of the sponsoring company's employees, who have become her current customers. They have won them over little by little with the beautiful handicrafts to which they apply the techniques learned, and they produce their own income.

Currently she is applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it she will buy thread, decorations, fabric, paint, wood, and "iraca" straw. Her loan is potentially successful because it is based on requests from the employees of the multinational company that sponsored her. They have stable work, and she will respond to them with a supply of her handmade sheets, with which she will keep growing.
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Zoraida de 45 años de edad se dedica a la confección de ropa y también elabora con sus propias manos artesanías, como individuales, llaveros, accesorios pintados con diversa técnicas y resinados. Ella dese muy joven se capacitó en confecciones, cuando estudiaba en un colegio administrado por monjas y allí aprendió este arte, que le ha servido para potencializar su talento y desarrollar su propia fuente de ingreso y empleo. Cuando inició lo hizo con varias mujeres de su barrio, organizándose en una cooperativa y cada una aportó su propia máquina, las cuales ubicaron en un local, e iniciaron la producción de prendas de vestir; aunque este proyecto duró muy poco, le dio las bases para tomar de él su experiencia e independizarse; en un principio se sintió desanimada, pero no tardó en tomar sus propias riendas y confeccionarle a vecinos, familiares, amigos, que gradualmente le fueron refiriendo a otras personas con necesidades de su servicio, hasta que estructuró su hoy clientela fija. Como Zoraida tiene un gran potencial creativo que muestra en sus diseños, ha logrado agregar valor a su trabajo, pues ha realizado cursos de artesanías que le han facilitado trabajar acabados con excelencia y también como fue patrocinada por una multinacional en su formación en las artes y técnicas para ser aplicadas a manualidades, ella se organizó con otras mujeres para producir, aprovechando los empleados de la empresa patrocinadora, los cuales han convertido en su clientela actual, que han ido conquistando poco a poco con las bellas artesanías y manualidades a las cuales les aplican las técnicas aprendidas y producen sus propios ingresos. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, mediante la cual comprará hilos, adornos, telas, pinturas, madera, e iraca; su crédito es potencialmente exitoso porque está fundamentado en pedidos que le han hecho los empleados de la multinacional que la patrocinó, que tienen gran estabilidad laboral, a quienes les responderá con un surtido de sabanas elaboradas por sus propias manos y con ello crecerá cada vez mas.

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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

  • $6,070
    Average annual income
  • 268
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,600,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,805.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Zoraida to buy thread, decorations, fabric, paint, wood, and "iraca" straw.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 26, 2012
Listed
Jun 28, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Mar 15, 2013