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Diana Isabel
Diana, 53, lives in the town of Sabanagrande, located in the department of Atlántico on the banks of the mighty Magdalena River, the main river causeway in Colombia. She lives with her husband, with whom she has a son, 27. Her business is selling merchandise such as clothing and footwear, and food such as cheese sticks.

Diana started her business three years ago selling party snacks (cheese sticks, mini-empanadas) on the recommendation of her son, who inspired her to set up this business. In the beginning it was a way to make the most of her her time. Once she went about her sales activities, however, she started realizing that the business was giving her income that helped with the household expenses. Diana pays in cash and sells on credit to neighbors and friends. She works from Monday through Sunday from 8 in the morning until 8 in the evening.

This is her first Kiva loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She'll use it to buy cheese sticks as well as clothing such as blouses, jeans, and footwear.

With this investment she'll increase her inventory, her sales, and her income. She hopes to continue improving her quality of life.
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Diana es una mujer de cincuenta y tres (53) años de edad, que vive en el municipio de Sabanagrande, pueblo ribereño del departamento del Atlántico, a orillas del caudaloso río de la Magdalena, principal arteria fluvial de Colombia. Reside con su conyugue, con quien tiene un hijo de veintisiete (27) años de edad. Su actividad de negocio es la comercialización de mercancías como ropa, y calzado, y productos alimenticios como deditos. Desde hace tres (3) años inició su negocio, vendiendo picadas para fiestas (deditos, empanaditas), atendiendo la recomendación de sus hijo, quien la motivó a emprender este negocio, como una alternativa inicialmente para aprovechar el tiempo de ocio, sin embargo, a medida que iba haciendo sus actividades de comercialización, se fue dando cuenta que el negocio le brindada unos ingresos que le ayudaban con los gastos de su hogar. La señora Diana compra de contado, y vende a crédito a vecinos y amigos, de lunes a domingo, de ocho (8) de la mañana a ocho (8) de la noche. Este es su primer credikiva con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, el cual lo aplicará en la compra de ropa como blusas, jean, calzado, y deditos. Con esta inversión aumentará su inventario, sus ventas, sus ingresos; con lo que espera seguir mejorando su calidad de vida.

Additional Information

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
  • 261
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,343,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,919.6
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $625 helped Diana Isabel to buy clothing and cheese sticks.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jul 23, 2013
Listed
Aug 21, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Sep 17, 2014