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Melvis
Melvis, 28, is the mother of two children, ages 9 and 12. She and her husband have a goal of getting them ahead and seeing them become professionals so they have the potential for success in the future.

Melvis's husband worked in the ocean with his father from a very young age. When he and Melvis started their own family, she learned to make this fishing tool, which later she would turn into a business. That's why today she works making and repairing trammel nets and fishnets. She also generates income with a clothing business in this same community of customers.

In the midst of the fishermen, old friends of Melvis's husband, she's very well known, and that's where she finds her main and most loyal customers. They bring her fishnets and trammel nets, which she'll repair and have ready for them a week later.

Every day Melvis gets comfortable in her customary chair and begins to weave with nylon thread, using needles made of PVC that sometimes she buys, sometimes her husband makes for her. In this same market she has met a lot of people, and she also sells them clothing and underwear. This time she wants to have a lot of merchandise because Christmas and New Year are coming and families have already ordered the clothes they'll look good in for these holidays that are full of happiness and family.

So Melvis approached Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to request a Kiva loan with which she'll buy raw materials and supplies to weave. She'll also buy the clothing that her customers will wear during the most beautiful celebrations of the year.
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Melvis de 28 años de edad es madre de 2 hijos en las edades de 9 y 12 años y junto a su cónyuge tienen como meta el sacarlos adelante y convertirlos en profesionales, para que tengan un futuro con potencial de éxito. Desde muy pequeño el cónyuge de Melvis trabajó en el mar con su padre y cuando Melvis y él, formaron su propia familia, ella aprendió a elaborar esta herramienta de pesca, la que posteriormente se convirtiera en su negocio, por eso hoy se dedica a la elaboración y reparación de trasmallos, atarrayas y también genera ingresos mediante el comercio de ropa en esta misma población de clientes. En el medio de los pescadores, antiguos compañeros de los esposos de Melvis, ella es muy reconocida y es allí donde se encuentra en sus principales y fieles clientes, que le llevan atarrayas y trasmallos, para que esta los repare y quedaran listos una semana después. Melvis diariamente se acomoda en su acostumbrada silla, empieza a entretejer entre hilos de nylon, utilizando agujas elaboradas en PVC, que algunas veces compra, mientras otras su esposo las elabora para ella. En este mismo mercado ha conocido muchas personas y también les vende ropa exterior e interior y esta vez quiere contar con mucha existencia de mercancía, porque se acerca la navidad y el año nuevo y las familias ya han encargado la ropa que lucirán en estas fiestas llenas de alegría y muy familiares. Así Melvis se ha acercado a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo para solicitar un credikiva, con el cual comprará materia primas e insumos para tejer y también comprará la ropa que vestirán sus clientes en las fiestas mas lindas del año.

Additional Information

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
  • 192
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $12,868,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,824.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped Melvis to buy materials and supplies for weaving and to buy clothing.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Nov 19, 2012
Listed
Nov 20, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jan 25, 2014