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Blanca Elena
Blanca, 42, operates a small food business, making and selling "cholaos", a kind of fruit cocktail popular in the Cauca Valley region, that she makes with crushed ice, tropical fruits, cream, condensed milk and peanuts. She has slowly grown the business over several years and now has 3 food stalls in Barranquilla, a city known for soft breezes, sun and a people as warm as the region's climate. Blanca's three children, who range in age from 17- to 22-years old, have helped her make the business a success. Blanca is applying to Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo for a Kiva loan that she will use to buy the supplies she needs--milk, a blender, tableware and glass containers--to operate her business. For the future, she tells us that she wants to add fruit juices to her menu. She can make the juices from tropical fruits that are native to this area. Her biggest challenge, she says, is growing her business to parts of the city where she's not now known.
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Blanca de 42 años de edad es la propietaria de una microempresa donde vende cocteles de frutas llamados cholaos, un producto típico del Departamento del Valle del Cauca, el cual se prepara con granizado de hielo, frutas tropicales picadas, crema de leche, leche condensada y maní. Ella ha logrado crecer gradualmente y tiene 3 puntos de ventas de este delicioso refresco, que mucho gusta a la clientela de Barranquilla, ciudad de brisa, sol y mucha alegría en su cálida gente, como el clima, a quienes con el rico cholao refresca Blanca. En su negocio Blanca es apoyada por sus tres hijos en las edades de 17 a 22 años, con ellos sueña, que sean muy exitosos en lo que emprendan. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el cual comprará crema de leche en mayor volumen, una licuadora, vajillas y recipientes de cristal donde poder conservar las frutas de manera adecuada. Su meta mas adelante es agregar jugos naturales de frutas tropicales que crecen en esta tierra de manera muy natural y su gran desafío es lograr dar a conocer en varios lugares de la ciudad el exquisito producto refrescante.

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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
  • 177
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,171,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,788.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $650 helped Blanca Elena to buy supplies for her food business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jul 19, 2012
Listed
Jul 29, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jul 17, 2013