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Maria Evelyn
Maria C. R. is 27-years-old and she works as a fishmonger. She lives with her spouse and 5-year-old son in the municipality of Malambo in the metropolitan area of Barranquilla. Maria began this business 7 years ago with $500,000 COP (Colombian currency). She had this wild idea when she was visiting her family for Christmas in her native El Banco Magdalena. She often returned from there with fish for her home and ended up selling them among her close friends. From that moment on it has gone very well for her. She works with her spouse and her goal is to increase her merchandise and sales. Maria is young and very dynamic. She currently sells fish in bulk in the market plaza, but she also generates income selling varied merchandise from her home. She currently brings the fish from El Banco Magdaleno, but recently she has found a way to buy it that is more economical if she were able to bring it from Zapatoca, a municipality in the department of Cesár. This is her objective in requesting her first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo--that her husband will be able to travel directly to this location and do direct business, which will benefit her and her customers in terms of price and quality. This investment would be successful because Holy Week is approaching, a time when sales of this product increase because many people don't eat red meat on certain days, so fish forms part of the diet of many families that preserve this tradition.
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Maria C. R. de 27 años se dedica a vender pescado de mar y vive en compañía de su cónyuge y su hijo de 5 años en el municipio de Malambo, área metropolitana de Barranquilla. Maria comenzó su negocio hace 7 años con $500.000 COP, ocurrencia que tuvo cuando visitaba, en su natal El Banco Magdalena, a su familia, en las navidades y muchas veces regresaba desde allí trayendo pescados para su hogar, que terminaba vendiéndolos entre sus mas cercanas amistades. Desde ese momento le ha ido muy bien, trabaja con su cónyuge y su meta es la de incrementar su mercado y con ello las ventas de este producto; Maria es una joven muy dinámica, que en la actualidad vende pescado al por mayor en la plaza del mercado, pero ella igualmente genera otros ingresos vendiendo mercancías variadas desde su casa y por encargo. En la actualidad el pescado se lo traen dese El Banco Magdalena, pero últimamente ha encontrado una forma de comprar que le resultaría mas económica, si pudiera traerlo desde Zapatoca, un municipio en el departamento del Cesár. Esta es el objetivo de solicitar su primer financiamiento con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo para que su esposo viaje directamente a este municipio y logren hacer una negociación directa y beneficiosa para ella y sus clientes, en cuanto a precio y a calidad. Su inversión sería exitosa porque se acerca la semana mayor, época donde las ventas de este producto se incrementan por razones de que muchas personas no consumen carnes rojas en días específicos y el pescado forma parte de la dieta de muchas familias que conservan esta tradición.

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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
  • 346
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  • $18,296,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,860.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $875 helped Maria Evelyn to buy fish in bulk.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 4, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2011