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Celia  Patricia
Celia is 47 and she is a merchant. She sells shoes, clothing, and accessories in the town of Barranquilla, where she lives with her husband and their eighteen-year-old son.

She attended SENA (National Learning Services), a public organization which invests in social and technical development for Colombian workers, and started her business venture, which she has been working on for thirteen years now. She sells women's shoes and clothing to people in her neighborhood, near the Metropolitan Stadium in Barranquilla, a Colombian soccer field.

Celia has applied for a Kiva loan, which is the first financing she requests from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use it to purchase shoes, blouses, and jeans, which are her most popular items. This will allow her to increase her stock and also her sales.

Some day she would like to open her own retail store, or perhaps go to cooking school at SENA, because cooking is another of her main passions.
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Celia de 47 años es comerciante; ella vende calzado, ropa y accesorios en el municipio de Barranquilla, donde vive con su esposo e hijo de 18 años; Estudiando en el SENA (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje), un establecimiento público que invierte en el desarrollo social y técnico de los trabajadores colombianos, creó su idea de negocio, en el que ya lleva hoy, 13 años de trabajo, vendiendo calzado y ropa para damas, a personas del sector donde vive, cerca del estadio Metropolitano de Barranquilla, escenario de futbol del balompié Colombiano. Celia está aplicando aun credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el cual comprará calzado, blusas, y jeans, los cuales son sus productos más populares, con los que planea aumentar su surtido y por lo tanto las ventas. Algún día, a ella le gustaría abrir su propio local comercial, o de pronto estudiar técnicas de cocina en el SENA, porque cocinar es otra de sus máximas pasiones.

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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
  • 486
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,259,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,830.4
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
A loan of $1,650 helped Celia Patricia to purchase shoes, blouses, and jeans.
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 17, 2012
Nov 6, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 6, 2012