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Lidis is a 49 year old woman who lives in the town of Soledad, with her husband and five children from 7 to 30 years of age. They came to this municipality as a result of forced displacement from their home region. Lidis began selling minutes on the cell phones of a friend and little by little, with her small capital, she began her own business venture.

Her principal goal is to help her family get ahead, taking advantage of the assistance of the national government of Colombia in the form of a free dwelling. She feels happy in this place and she works hard to continue growing personally, in her family and in her business, which today not only offers services of phone calls and recharging of phones, but also the sale of a variety of merchandise such as clothing, accessories, and so on. At present, she is applying for a Kiva loan, the first financing that she will be arranging at the Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo, and which she will use to buy shirts, sweaters, footware, cell phone accessories, and so on. With this investment, Lidis will improve the conditions of her business, since an increase in her inventory will impact her both her former and new clients.
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Lidis, mujer de 49 años que habita en la población de Soledad, con su cónyuge y tiene 5 hijos en las edades de 7 a 30 años,con quienes llegó a este municipio producto del desplazamiento forzado de su región natal. Ella empezó vendiendo minutos de celulares de una amiga y poco a poco con un pequeño capital inició su propia aventura de negocios, con la principal meta de sacar a su familia adelante, aprovechando que el estado nacional de Colombia le apoyó con el otorgamiento de vivienda gratis, lugar donde se siente satisfecha y trabaja duramente para continuar creciendo personalmente familiarmente y en su negocio, en el que hoy no solo ofrece servicios de llamadas y recargas telefónicas, sino también vende mercancía variada como ropa, accesorios etc. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace ala Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, mediante el cual comprará camisas, suéteres, calzado, accesorios para celulares etc. Con esta inversión mejorará las condiciones de su negocio pues el incremento de sus inventarios impacta a sus antiguos y nuevos clientes.

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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
  • 356
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,676,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,886.1
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $650 helped Lidis to buy shirts, sweaters, footware and cell phone accessories.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 21, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 18, 2015