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Zoila Ines
Zoila, 44 years old, lives in the city of Barranquilla with her partner and her two children, aged 13 and 17. There she has a small workshop for woven bags and handcrafts made from totumo wood and country-style wood. She learned handcrafting from the time she was very young, because she comes from a family of artisans who work sculpting totumo wood (the fruit of this bush) to sell. Her main products are women's accessories and woven backpacks. She also added another business, which is the production and sale of hayacas, flour or rice dough with meat and vegetables wrapped in leaves from the bijao plant.

She sells directly to her customers, who are neighbors and referrals. They generate income that supports her family's well-being. Her goal for the future is to have a workshop to shape the next generation of artisans that will one day export many of these products to the world with the quality necessary for the globalized market. Currently she is applying for a Kiva loan, which is her first financing with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. Through it, she will buy thread, wool, hammock fabric, and paints to make handcrafts to order. She also needs to buy supplies to sell Christmas cakes and hayacas such as flour, rice, oil, salt, vegetables, and meat products. She anticipates that her Kiva loan will be a good multipliable investment, because she will do it during one of the most commercial seasons of the year, where everything merchants and producers offer goes quickly in the market at a time when a lot of money changes hands.
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Zoila de 44 años de edad vive en el municipio de Barranquilla con su cónyuge y sus dos hijos en las edades de 13 y 17 años. Allí tiene una pequeña fabrica de bolsos tejidos y artesanías en totumo y en material de madera country. La artesanía es un oficio que aprendió desde muy pequeña, porque proviene de familia de artesanos que trabajan tallando el totumo (fruto de este arbusto) para comercializarlo, sus principales productos son accesorios para damas, mochilas tejidas y también agregó otro negocio que es la elaboración y venta de hayacas, un amasijo de harina o arroz con carnes y verduras envueltos en hojas de la planta de bijao.
Sus ventas las realiza directamente a los clientes, que son vecinos y referidos, las cuales generan ingresos que apoyan el bienestar de su familia. Su meta más adelante es tener un taller donde formar las nuevas generaciones de artesanos, que algún día exportarán al mundo muchos de estos productos, con la calidad exigible del mercado globalizado.En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, mediante el cual comprará hilos, lana, tela de hamacas, pinturas para fabricar artesanías sobre pedidos y también necesita comprar insumos para vender pasteles y hayacas navideñas, como harina, arroz, aceite sal, verduras y cárnicos. Su credikiva, prevee ser una buena inversión multiplicable, porque la hará en una de las temporadas mas comerciales del año, donde todo lo que los comerciantes y productores ofrecen, encuentran salida rápida en el mercado en un momento de mucha rotación de dinero.

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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
  • 299
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,968,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,824.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $350 helped Zoila Ines to purchase thread, wool, hammock fabric, and paints to make handcrafts to order.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Nov 16, 2012
Listed
Nov 20, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Oct 18, 2013