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Alejandra
Alejandra, 34, learned to work with food from her aunt because she has always enjoyed kitchen work. When she decided to earn income through a business selling food, her partner was the first one to support her with the initial capital. In this way she has succeeded in growing her business and in earning income, with which she supports her household consisting of her husband, a bricklayer, and their two children, aged 3 and 10 years. In her business, she sells fried meat products such as pig, chorizo, rennet, entrails, etc. at a shop located in her house. She waits on customers from 8 in the morning until 9 at night. This is how customers eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Alejandra's business. The location of this business improves its sales, since it is located near a soccer field where many sportspeople meet, especially on weekends and holidays. Alejandra's main goal is to expand, but her challenge is not having sufficient capital and work to achieve that as soon as she dreams of doing. Because of this, she is applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She wants to take advantage of the fact that the end of year holidays are approaching to invest in raw materials and increase her sales volume, because it is at this time of year that she has more customers than usually come to her business. And this is precisely the reason that her Kiva loan will be a success.
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Alejandra de 34 años, aprendió a trabajar con alimentos de su tía, porque siempre le ha gustado las labores de cocina; así fue que cuando decidió generar ingresos a través de un negocio de venta de comidas, su cónyuge fue el primero en apoyarla con el capital inicial y así ella ha logrado hacer crecer su negocio y generar ingresos, con los cuales apoya su hogar conformado por su esposo de oficio albañil y sus dos hijos en las edades de 3 y 10 años. En su negocio vende cárnicos fritos, como cerdo, chorizo, cuajo, vísceras etc. en un local ubicado en su domicilio, el cual atiende desde las 8 de la mañana hasta las 9 de la noche, es así como los clientes desayunan, almuerzan y cenan en el negocio de Alejandra. La ubicación de este negocio, potencializa sus ventas, pues está ubicado cerca a un campo de futbol, donde concurren muchos deportistas especialmente los fines de semana y festivos; su principal meta es ampliarlo, pero su desafío, es no tener el suficiente capital e trabajo para lograrlo tan pronto como Alejandra sueña. Por esta razón ella, está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, porque quiere aprovechar que se acercan las fiestas de fin de año, para invertir en materias primas y aumentar el volumen de sus ventas, porque es en esta época en la cual logra un mayor movimiento de compradores superior a los que usualmente llegan a su negocio. Y esto es justamente la razón de que su credikiva sea exitoso.

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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
  • 285
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,063,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,816.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Alejandra to buy raw materials such as beef, pork, and entrails.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Nov 16, 2012
Listed
Nov 21, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jan 25, 2014