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Lina Marcela
Lina Marcela A. is a young 24-year old designer who lives in Bogotá. Her business involves designing handbags and shoes that she then has made and promotes through her specialized catalog.

It has been 2 years since she entered into the arena that she prepared for, and started her own line of sandals and shoes. She currently distributes these in the city of Barranquilla, in the Atlántico department, Valledupar, and the Codazzi municipality in the Cesar department. This is how, with the help of trusted family and friends, she traveled to Bogotá in September of 2009 to live with her sister. Since that instance, she started selling bags and shoes by catalog from her own line called “LinA.”, with good results. Her business includes the design, distribution and sale of footwear. Currently, she is requesting her first loan through the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, as she would like greater access to her markets. She needs to buy a greater quantity of raw materials, especially leather, in order to make the handbags and shoes in her new collection.

Lina is a young woman who dreams of growing as a professional and entrepreneur in order to help her family. In addition, she would like to have her own workshop and shoe stores staffed by employees. In some instances, she has faced the challenge of her designs not being fabricated.
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Lina Marcela A. es una joven diseñadora de 24 años vive en Bogotá, su negocio es diseñar bolsos, calzados que manda a fabricar y luego promociona mediante su guía especializada.

Hace 2 años incursionó en el medio para el cual se había preparado e inició su propia línea de sandalias y zapatos, que actualmente distribuye en las ciudades de Barranquilla, en el departamento del Atlántico, Valledupar y el Municipio de Codazzi en el departamento del Cesar, así fue como con la ayuda de su familiares y amigos de confianza en Septiembre del 2009 viajó a Bogotá a vivir en casa de una hermana y desde ese momento abrió su venta de bosos y zapatos por catálogos, con su propia marca “LinA.” dándole buenos resultados en su negocio que es el diseño, la distribución y venta de calzado. En la actualidad está solicitando su primer crédito a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, pues quiere mayor apertura de su mercado y necesita comprar en volumen materia prima especialmente cuero, para la fabricación de bolsos y zapatos en su nueva colección.

Lina es una joven que sueña con crecer profesional y empresarialmente mente para ayudar a su familia, además quiere tener su propio taller y tiendas de calzado con empleados. Pues en algunas ocasiones enfrenta el desafío de incumplimiento en la fabricación de sus diseños.

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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
  • 244
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $16,895,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,950.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $775 helped Lina Marcela to buy prime material in volume, especially leather, for making the handbags and shoes in her new collection.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 23, 2010
May 18, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 15, 2011