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Kricia
Working on her sewing machine from home, Kricia decorates and personalizes shoes for her clients, including adding synthetic and leather soles to existing shoes. She is 21 years old, and began working in this trade when she was 19 alongside her mother and siblings. Her mother had been taking government sponsored courses at the SENA - National Learning Service - in technology and technical education, and she encouraged her children to start up small businesses. Kricia's mother taught her some of the leather-working techniques she had learned in her courses, and Kricia learned very quickly.

Kricia leverages the income she generates from her business to cover her university education in chemistry and pharmacology. When designing and making her shoes, Kricia makes sure her creativity and personal touch are present throughout the entire process: she takes a client’s foot measurements, draws out a model design, stretches and manipulates fabric over a cardboard shoe sole, makes corrections and adjustments to fabric and sizing, takes a mold for the sole, cuts out the sole from the desired material, folds, glues and sews key parts together, and finally mounts the upper portion of the shoe onto the desired sole.

Her goal is to improve and expand her business gradually, and to finish her university degree so that she can begin a career as a pharmacist and have two sources of income. Kricia plans to use the support from this loan to purchase shoe soles, accessories, material and brooches for responding to an order from a client on the island of San Andrés. Kricia enjoys a customer base of people who know her for her quality work, and she wants to expand on that base to increase her clientele and begin designing and selling purses and bags in local supermarkets and other locations in the country.
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El calzado en material sintético y de cuero, el principal producto que Kricia produce con su pequeña máquina, instalada en su domicilio; ella es una joven de 21 años de edad que desde sus 19 años, empezó su iniciativa empresarial de la mano de su madre que quedó desempleada y entusiasmó a sus hijos para poner en práctica una microempresa. Su madre inició haciendo cursos en el SENA-Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje – centros de educación técnica y tecnológica, apoyado por estado Nacional, donde aprendió el arte de la marroquinería y posteriormente trasmitió a sus hijos el aprendizaje y desde ese momento Kricia no ha dejado de aprender hasta lograr equiparar a su madre. Ella con su negocio paga sus estudios universitarios en Química y Farmacia y simultáneamente trabaja en su taller. En sus tareas productivas Kricia trabaja artesanalmente, todas las operaciones del proceso: toma las medidas para tallar, dibuja el modelo, lo desmolda sobre cartulina, rectifica medidas, hace ajustes, saca el molde que corta sobre el material hila, hace el doblado de piezas y pega sobre el forro para finalmente hacer la costura y montaje de capellada en la cual termina el calzado sobre la planta. Su meta es mejorar las condiciones de su negocio gradualmente y terminar su carrera universitaria para emprender su propia farmacia generando ingresos con ambos negocios. En la actualidad está aplicando aun credikiva, con el cual comprará suelas, adornos, broches, para responder a un pedido pendiente en la isla de San Andrés, , debido a que también tiene un mercado que conoce su trabajo y necesita hacerlo crecer cada día mas, pues ultimanete fabrica bolsos que quiere impulsar en sumercado doméstico y en otros lugares del país.

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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
  • 487
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,254,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,790.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $475 helped Kricia to purchase shoe soles, accessories, brooches and other decorative items for responding to client orders.
99% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 31, 2013
Listed
Feb 10, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jul 17, 2014