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Erika Maria
Erika lives in the Soledad Municipality, which is 15 minutes from the city of Barranquilla. She lives with her spouse and their two children, ages 2 and 19. Erika has a business called “Expendio de carne la económia de Los Almendros” (a butcher shop). She started her business eight years ago by taking advantage of the experience her husband had selling meat in a nearby municipality.

Every day Erika sells beef, chicken, pork, viscera, and sausages. The business has gone from little to more, and she has managed to have fixed customers and an advantageous location in regards to the number of people who travel through the area.

Erika has received six loans with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. Through this organization she has managed to get her own home and to also have preventative maintenance done on her equipment.

Her dream for later on is to manage to acquire the house where she now has her business. She also dreams of, through her efforts, being able to give her children post high school educations. This is exactly what keeps her motivated to get ahead through her work.
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Erika vive en el Municipio de Soledad a 15 minutos de la ciudad de Barranquilla, con su cónyuge y sus hijos en las edades de 2 y 19 años. Erika tiene un negocio llamado “Expendio de carne la económia de Los Almendros”, el cual inició hace 8 años aprovechando la experiencia de su cónyuge cuando vendía carne en un municipio cercano. Erika vende diariamente carne de res, pollo, cerdo, vísceras, embutidos, el negocio ha ido de menos a más, hasta lograr una clientela fija y una ubicación privilegiada en cuanto al volumen de personas que por allí transitan. Erika ha recibido 6 financiamientos con la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, organización con la cual ha logrado adquirir vivienda propia y afianzar paulatinamente su negocio, con su credikiva comprará embutidos, carnes en un mayor volumen vísceras y también realizará mantenimiento preventivo a sus equipos. Su sueño más adelante es lograr adquirir la vivienda donde funciona su negocio, y también lograr con sus esfuerzos la educación de sus hijos en niveles superiores y esto es justamente lo que la mantiene estimulada a salir adelante mediante su trabajo.

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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
  • 340
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $18,296,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,782.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,125 helped Erika Maria to buy sausages, meat, and viscera in greater quantity and to provide preventative maintanence on her equipment.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 3, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2012