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Leonora
Leonora is 40 and lives with her three children, ages 14 to 26. They live in the city Cartagena de Indias, which has developed as an urban area while still conserving its historic center and has become one of the most important ports in Colombia, the Caribbean, and the world. It is also a popular tourist destination. There in the sunny ocean-side environment Leonara runs a restaurant. She began this business three years ago selling food on weekends. She took advantage of families who wanted to take a break from preparing food, so she started selling lunches and dinners on the terrace of her house. Her customer base rapidly grew, and she began adding dishes to her menu focusing on well-prepared traditional regional dishes. She does the cooking in the morning, while her son deals with the customers during the day. She makes her purchases daily in precise quantities, and she also keeps records of her sales every day. Currently she is applying for her first loan from Kiva and the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation. She will use the loan to purchase supplies to make food, plastic tables and chairs, sodas, and disposable containers so that she can offer home delivery. With her loan from Kiva she will be able to provide better service to her clientele, which will build loyalty and help her maintain her position in the marketplace.
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Leonora de 40 años de edad vive con sus 3 hijos de 14 a 26 años, en la ciudad de Cartagena de Indias, lugar que ha desarrollado su zona urbana, conservando el centro histórico y convirtiéndose en uno de los puertos de mayor importancia en Colombia, el Caribe y el mundo, así como un célebre destino turístico. Allí en un ambiente soleado, de playa, brisa y mar, Leonora tiene un restaurante, experiencia que inició desde hace 3 años, cuando inició vendiendo comidas los fines de semana, aprovechando que las familias se toman un descanso en la preparación de alimentos y compran el almuerzo y la cena, por eso Leonora inició en la terraza de su casa. Muy prontamente su clientela creció y ella aumentó la oferta de sus menús adicionando comidas autóctonas de la región, bien preparadas. En su negocio elabora los productos alimenticios en las horas de la mañana y su hijo trabaja en la atención de su clientela al medio día. Sus compras las realiza a diario y en las cantidades exactas y sus ventas las hace también de contado y en la misma frecuencia. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el cual comprará materiales e insumos para la preparación de sus alimentos, mesas plásticas, sillas, refrescos y productos desechables para ofrecer su servicio a domicilio. Con su inversión de credikiva, ofrecerá un mejor servicio a su clientela, con lo cual continuará fidelizándola para sostenerse en el mercado.

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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
  • 303
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,971,825
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,818.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $625 helped Leonora purchase supplies for her restaurant, plastic tables and chairs, soda, and disposable containers in order to offer home delivery.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Aug 10, 2012
Listed
Aug 24, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Aug 19, 2013