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Irma
Irma makes sculptures in her small workshop located in the garden of her home. Her husband works in a gallery and helps her to sell a lot of what she makes. She paints ceramic objects which decorate home interiors and sells them on credit to a customer base that she has created little by little since beginning her business. She still dreams of growing, but she needs to improve working conditions, because they affect her family. For this reason, she is requesting a loan from Kiva and the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to move her workshop to a space behind the house. Through doing this, she will see a difference in her family's peace of mind.

Her aim is to have a trading post in a special place where art and the artist converge, so that there is a place in the city where you can buy all the different sculptures and art on offer, not only those that she makes but that are the work of a large number of artists who do not stop and who need support in the market.
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La escultura es el arte que practica Irma en su pequeño taller ubicado en el patio de su casa, su esposo trabaja en una galería y le ayuda a vender mucho de lo que produce. Ella pinta biscochos que sirven para adornar los interiores de las viviendas y los vende a crédito, a una clientela que ha construido poco a apoco desde que inició su negocio. Su aspiración de crecimiento no cesa pero debe mejorar las condiciones de trabajo, porque afectan a su familia, por eso está acudiendo a un primer financiamiento de Kiva con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, porque adecuará su taller en un espacio delantero de su casa y con ello se notará el cambio en el sosiego de su hogar. Su meta es tener un punto comercial en un lugar especializado donde converjan en la oferta arte y artista, para que en la ciudad quede posicionado un lugar donde comprar toda las esculturas y trabajos artísticos, que no solo ella fabrica con sus propias manos, sino que son el producto del trabajo de un gran número de artistas que no se detienen y necesitan ser apoyados en el mercado.

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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
  • 563
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,650,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,804.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $625 helped Irma investing in adjusting her workshop.
99% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 25, 2013
Listed
Mar 13, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Apr 16, 2014