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Pilar is 50 years old. She works making school and industry uniforms. She has 20 years of experience, ever since she started her first year at the school where she studied. She also saw her mum work as a seamstress and from her she learned the love and dedication to the trade. Her family is formed by her husband and 3 children, aged 16 to 27 years old, who she dreams will be very successful. They are her inspiration.
She conducts her sales and purchases in cash and she distributes directly to the end clients, whom she has gained over the time and who remain loyal customers.
Her goal is to have a better structured sewing workshop, and she works permanently towards that. She is applying for her first Kiva loan through the lending partner, Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo, to purchase an industrial sewing machine and fabric, in order to improve the time of production and provide a perfect finishing touch to her products. Her investment looks to be successful because with it she will have a positive impact on the market and will improve her positioning in it.
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Pilar de 50 años de edad, se dedica a la elaboración de uniformes escolares e industriales. Ella tiene 20 años de experiencia desde que inició su primer curso en el colegio donde estudió y también vio a su madre dedicarse a la costura y de ella aprendió el amor al arte y la dedicación. Su familia está conformada por su esposo y sus 3 hijos en las edades de 16 a 27 años, con quienes sueña sean muy exitosos y ellos son su inspiración. Sus ventas las realiza de contado y sus compras también y directamente distribuye a sus clientes finales, los que ha captado a lo largo del tiempo y a ella son fieles. Su meta es tener un taller mucho mas estructurado y por eso trabaja permanentemente en ello. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, mediante el cual comprará una máquina plana, telas, para mejorar los tiempos productivos y darle un acabado perfecto a sus productos. Su inversión planea ser exitosa porque con ella logrará impactar positivamente al mercado y lograr un mayor posicionamiento.

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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
  • 462
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,270,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,809.3
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $650 helped Pilar to purchase an industrial sewing machine and fabric.
99% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 18, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 21, 2014