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Antonio Rafael
Antonio is 41 years old and has a business where he repairs shoes, purses, and brief cases. He learned this when he was very young and he worked for other people for a long time. When he got tired of working for others, because they didn’t pay him well, he decided to go out on his own and looked for a shop from which to set up his own business venture.

It was very difficult for him in the beginning, but in the end he found a light at the end of the tunnel and got a shop where he has been working for eight years. In his shop he does all kinds of repairs for shoes and purses, and he also makes artistic shoes whenever he gets an order from his customers. He offers his services from his shop and also makes house calls to those who need him and this is value added to his customers. He is requesting his first Kiva loan to buy supplies to repair shoes and purses and he also wants to buy a display case for the shoes he makes. This will provide better visibility for his business, as he wants to position himself in the shoe market in his area.

Even though everything is going well for his business, Antonio is always searching for a way to improve, so he plans to move to a larger shop so that he can have his business well organized and impact his future commercial position. He has a 16 year old daughter and his greatest dream is for her to be a successful professional, so he works with great energy and dedication. Antonio has to save up a lot in order to be able to pay university tuition in a few years. For this reason this Kiva loan will help him reach his family goal and he will see his daughter become a successful professional.
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Antonio tiene 41 años de edad y es propietario de un negocio, que consiste en reparar calzado, bolsos y maletines, actividad que aprendió, cuando era muy joven y en la que por mucho tiempo trabajó para otros. Cuando se cansó de ser empleado, porque le pagaban siempre muy atrasado, decidió independizarse y buscó un local para emprender su propia aventura de negocios en lo que él ya conocía. Para él fue muy difícil al principio, pero al final encontró una luz en el camino y consiguió un local, que es en la actualidad, el lugar donde trabaja y donde lleva 8 años de tener su taller, en el cual hace toda clase de arreglos en lo que respecta a calzado y bolsas, y también fabrica artesanalmente calzados, cuando hay un pedido de sus clientes. Sus productos y servicios los ofrece desde su local, y también el servicio a domicilio, a quienes lo requieren y esto es valor agregado que otorga a su clientela, a quine las trata con mucho respeto. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, para comprar materiales para el arreglo de calzado y bolsos, y también quiere comprar una vitrina para exhibir el calzado que produce. Dando así una mayor visibilidad a su negocio, pues quiere posicionarse en el mercado de productores de calzado en el sector en el cual lo conocen. .
Aunque todo va bien con su negocio, Antonio siempre está buscando una manera de mejorar, y por eso planea trasladarse a un local de mayor tamaño, para tener bien organizado su negocio y hacer una oferta que impacte la imagen de su punto comercial futuro. Pues el tiene una hija de 16 años, y el gran sueño, de que ella se convierta en una profesional exitosa y por eso trabaja con mucho esmero y dedicación. Antonio tiene que ahorrar mucho para poder pagar las entradas de la universidad en algunos años – por eso con la ayuda de un crédito Kiva, espera que alcanzará esta meta familiar y verá a su hija como profesional exitosa.

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

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 499
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,958,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,797.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Antonio Rafael to buy supplies and a display case.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Nov 30, 2012
Listed
Dec 18, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Nov 18, 2013