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Nelvis is 44 years old and lives in Barranquilla with her spouse and three children, ages 8 to 17 years old. She works as a domestic worker. She lives in housing subsidized by the state. She obtained this housing through a micro project from a foundation that provides sustainable housing called San Pablo Villas. Nevis has received two loans from the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation in the past four years. These loans have helped her reach her dream of having a roof on her home. She continues to remodel her home and also would like to provide her children with a good education. She is applying to KIVA for a loan to buy construction materials such as tile, cement for plastering and paint. With these improvements she and her family will feel more comfortable in their home.
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Nelvis de 44 años vive en la ciudad de Barranquilla con su cónyuge y sus 3 hijos en las edades de 8 a 17 años. Ella ha trabajado como empleada dl servicio doméstico y recibió un subsidio de vivienda del Estado nacional con el cual adquirió una vivienda en el macroproyecto donde la Fundación lidera el programa de vivienda sostenible, Villas de San Pablo. Nelvis ha recibido 2 financiamientos de la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, en un periodo de 4 años para hacer realidad su sueño de adquirir un techo donde habitar; hoy quiere continuar remodelando su vivienda y proporcionarles a sus hijos la oportunidad de educarse con calidad. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva con el cual comprará materiales constructivos como baldosas, cemento para empañetar y pintura, mejoramiento con el cual se sentirán mucho más confortables ella y su familia en su hogar.

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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 Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Colombia

  • $6,070
    Average annual income
  • 190
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,162,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,830.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
A loan of $1,550 helped Nelvis to buy materials such as tile, cement for plastering and paint.
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 25, 2012