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Osiris is a 50-year-old woman who lives in Turbaco (Bolivar) with her spouse. She has 2 children who are 19 and 25 years old. She is very well-known in the city for her work as a tailor. She has been doing this work for 15 years, taking advantage of what she learned from her mother from the time she was very young, which she used later to earn income and support her family's well-being. Little by little she bought her tools, machines and equipment, and she gained a good reputation with her neighbors. Today her main product lines are school uniforms, for which she has some contracts with schools in addition to direct sales to parents. Currently she is applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, which she will use to buy fabric in greater volume as well as supplies. With it, she will obtain better discounts and will offer her customers competitive prices that gain her wider recognition. Her goal is to move forward so that her children will be respectable, successful professionals, since that is what she yearns for most.
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Osiris es una mujer de 50 años de edad que vive en Turbaco (Bolivar) con su esposo y tiene 2 hijos en las edades de 19 y 25 años. Ella en el municipio es muy conocida por su oficio de confeccionista, actividad a la que se vinculó desde hace 15 años, aprovechando el aprendizaje que de su madre obtuviera desde muy niña y que ella usó en el futuro para generar ingresos y apoyar el bienestar de su familia. Poco a poco compró sus herramientas, maquinarias equipos y con sus vecinos fue acreditándose; hoy sus principales líneas de productos son los uniformes escolares, por los que consigue algunos contratos en los colegios o directamente con los padres de familia. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Sato Domingo, mediante el cual comprará tela en mayor volumen e insumos, con ello ganará mejores descuentos y ofrecerá a su clientela precios competitivos, que la hacen de mayor reconocimiento en la población. Su meta es surgir para que sus hijos sean profesionales de bien y tengan éxito, pues es lo que más añora.

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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
  • 375
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $16,230,175
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,804.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Osiris to buy fabric in greater volume as well as supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 21, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 21, 2014