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Dennys
Ten years ago, Dennys undertook a business venture in her own sewing workshop, which she opened in June 2003, when her friend, fashion designer and current business partner suggested they start making and selling men's clothing, especially embroidered shirts. The idea was a great success and they still make these beautiful items today, especially 'guayabera' shirts (a delicately embroidered, loose-fitting men's shirt made from lightweight material which is not worn tucked in). Her main customers are friends and neighbors but she also has buyers who she has reached through the Internet and who she sells to for cash.

Dennys is currently applying for a Kiva loan (her 12th loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo) to buy fabric for making her shirts. She will also pay workers as she contracts out some of the assembly work to external workshops. Her goal for the future is to open a store and to increase her profits with the aim of investing in her three kids' education. This will make it possible for them to receive a top-quality education. Dennys will not give up this dream of prosperity.
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Desde hace 10 años, Dennys aprendió el tema de emprendimiento en su propio taller de confecciones, al cual dio apertura en Junio del año 2003, cuando una amiga, diseñadora de modas, y actual socia, le propuso que confeccionaran y vendieran ropa masculina y especialmente camisas bordadas. La idea fue todo un éxito, así que hoy se dedican a la elaboración de estas hermosas prendas especialmente de guayaberas, camisa masculina delicadamente bordada, que es suelta y de tela ligera y se lleva por fuera de los pantalones.
Sus principales clientes son amigos y vecinos y también compradores, a los que ha accedido a través de las redes de internet, a quienes les vende de contado. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, doceavo crédito que ha recibido de la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el cual comprará telas para camisas, y para pagar mano de obra, debido a que contrata los servicios de maquila con talleres externos. Su meta más adelante es abrir un local al público y aumentar sus utilidades, con el propósito de invertir en la educación de sus 3 hijos, generándole posibilidades de acceder a una educación de calidad, sueño de prosperidad que Dennys no abandona.

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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
  • 135
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $12,811,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,839.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $1,650 helped Dennys to buy fabric for making shirts and to pay workers.
99% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
May 11, 2013
Listed
May 22, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Sep 17, 2014