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Partner Description: 

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.

FMSD is quickly becoming a national leader in development programs by offering financial support and training for micro and small-business owners in Colombia. The organization goes above and beyond by providing comprehensive development programs where they are needed most. 

Founded in 1960, FMSD created its first micro-enterprise program in 1984 in the city of Barranquilla. It was so popular that it expanded to Cartagena, Bogotá and Isla de Barú during the 1990s. Today, this program supports the entrepreneurial goals of single mothers, young people, rural workers, shopkeepers, former inmates, the elderly, artisans, displaced populations, fishermen, solidarity groups and many more.

But success isn’t just about credit at FMSD. That’s why the organization has kicked off a number of other initiatives to give borrowers all the support they need to thrive. For example, in 1987, it created a community development program to help local families build new houses for themselves. Thanks to this program, more than 50,000 Colombians living along the Caribbean coast have been able to improve their living conditions.

For the last 15 years, FMSD’s training department has offered “management dialogue” courses for micro-entrepreneurs. In 2001, it teamed up with Accion International, USAID and the Corporation for the Development of Micro-enterprises to host regional and national events for small and micro-business owners to learn about marketing strategies.

FMSD's unique lending approach: 

FMSD offers microfinance services through satellite offices called Customer Service Centers (CAUs). These centers are located near the local communities they serve and provide both financial and non-financial services. Small businesses can access loans for working capital, to buy fixed assets, afford new technologies, go back to school or improve their housing. Kiva lenders’ funds help make this possible.

At the same time, borrowers can tap into training to strengthen their business operations in terms of organization, marketing, technology, etc. Additionally, FMSD offers administrative consulting. Staff members work directly with entrepreneurs to develop business plans. To date, FMSD has helped nearly 50,000 people improve their lives through business, housing, health, education and community initiatives.

Want to get more involved with FMSD? Join the Friends of FMSD lending team on Kiva.

Status Update - November 9, 2010

Kiva recently conducted on-site monitoring at FMSD in order to re-assess the level of risk posed by the institution. The analysts found that some of the components that Kiva looks at during our due-diligence process did not merit a 4-star rating. The organization’s rating has been adjusted to 3 stars.


Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Dec 19, 2009 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $7,856,300 $1,388,904,475
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $168,075
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 71
Amount of Paying Back Loans $920,325 $149,011,425
Number of Paying Back Loans 1,490 195,825
Amount of Ended Loans $6,935,975 $1,239,724,975
Number of Ended Loans 11,406 1,602,792
Delinquency Rate 15.55% 12.43%
Amount in Arrears $98,127 $11,576,973
Outstanding Portfolio $547,676 $93,139,046
Number of Loans Delinquent 638 75,023
Default Rate 5.97% 1.75%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $413,971 $21,702,685
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 1,536 52,581
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 1.31% 0.38%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $102,767 $5,291,386
Refund Rate 0.20% 0.59%
Amount of Refunded Loans $15,575 $8,230,675
Number of Refunded Loans 20 8,220

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 66.20% 76.51%
Average Loan Size $609 $392
Average Individual Loan Size $609 $608
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,757
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $11,100 $5,757
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 5.49% 6.81%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 14.37 days 7.14 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $42.42 $54.94
  Average Loan Term 14.16 months 11.37 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 4,299 846,808
  Journaling Rate 31.77% 43.40%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.04 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.05 0.76

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2016 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 40% PY 32.00% PY 26.14% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -4.8% 5.1% -2.30%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 20.50% 23.00% 12.52%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Cesar Altamar
solver arrieta
Jose Bedoya
Sindy Buitrago
Lily Casalins Rachath
Alfredo De Luque
Giselle Diaz
Claudia Fontalvo
Leandra Gomez Vega
Jorge Andrés González Madrid
Belgis Heredia
Arturo Martinez
Evelyn Martínez Ramírez
Fabrizio Muñoz
Laura Navarro Macias
ayleen osorio
Dayana Ospino
Liney del Rosario Peña Cabrales
Rodrigo Retamozo Melgarejo
Ruben Rueda Rueda
carlos salazar
Cesar Sanchez
Jose Tapias
Julie Tovar
Juan Villadiego