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Shirly
Shirly, 28, has been making and selling synthetic bags for 10 years. Shirly lives with her 3 children ages 5 to 9, in a traditional neighborhood with a carnival spirit, that combines formal and informal commerce together with residences, alongside one of the most important sports arenas in professional Colombian soccer, where the team beloved by the coastal residents plays: Junior de Barranquilla. Shirley's experience, which she learned from her spouse with whom she decided to start this business out of a workshop in her home, allows her to benefit her family. Her partner works in a factory and also helps her with her business.

The main products that she offers are synthetic bags made of canvas that she sells in bulk and retail, on credit or for cash to a regular clientele that she has built little by little. Her goal for the future is to improve her physical infrastructure and increase her business capital. At the familial level, she plans to increase the quality of her children's education.

Currently she is applying for a Kiva loan, her first with the Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo, through which she will buy synthetic materials, zippers, buckles, adhesives and thread. Her loan will be a success because it will increase her liquidity for production, her sales, and her profits.
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Shirly de 28 años de edad, se dedica a la elaboración y ventas de bolsos sintéticos, desde hace 10 años. Shirly habita con sus 3 hijos en las edades de 5 a 9 años.en un barrio muy tradicional y de espíritu carnavalero, que combina el comercio formal e informal, conjuntos habitacionales,y que ubica a uno de los escenarios deportivos mas importantes de futbol profesional Colombiano, donde juega el equipo amado de los costeños del país: el Junior de Barranquilla. La experiencia de Shirley, data del aprendizaje que de su cónyuge provino y con quien decidió emprender y acompañar esta actividad productiva, ubicando un taller en su hogar, para beneficiar aun mas a su familia, mediante la atención de su hogar simultáneamente, mientras su cónyuge trabaja empleado en una fábrica y la apoya en sus actividades productivas al mismo tiempo.
Los principales productos de su oferta, son los bolsos sintéticos, de lona que vende al por mayor y al detal, a crédito y de contado a una clientela fija, que poco a poco ha construido. Su meta mas adelante es mejorar su infraestructura física y aumentar su capital de trabajo. A nivel familiar se proyecta a aumentar la calidad en la educación de sus hijos. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer crédito que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, mediante el cual comprará materiales sintéticos, correderas, hebillas, lonas, pegantes e hilos. Su crédito será un éxito, porque aumentará su liquidez, para producir, sus ventas y aun mejor sus utilidades.

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
  • 183
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,171,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,913.8
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $625 helped Shirly to buy synthetic materials, zippers, canvas, adhesive and thread.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Aug 23, 2013
Listed
Aug 27, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jul 17, 2014