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Emis Arelis
Emis is a 37 year-old-woman who lives in Barrio Los Angeles 3 in Barranquilla, where she sells women’s sandals and cheese by the pound. Two years ago when she separated from the father of her children she saw the necessity of looking for a source of income that would insure the wellbeing of herself and her family. Then she found an opportunity to sell cheese from the town of Pivijay in the department of Magdalena, her birthplace. Each time she traveled to make purchases, she observed that there was a potential market for selling a different product that would generate additional income beyond the costs incurred. She then got the idea to sell on credit hand crafted custom sandals made by her brother.

With her first Kiva loan, Emis aims to increase her sales not only by buying a larger number of sandals to sell but she wants to buy a sewing machine motor to repair one she owns and give it to her brother so that he can increase production and expand capacity. This is a family business in that various members each contribute a little to the business and work arduously so that it grows in space as well as in infrastructure, equipped with good machines, and becomes widely recognized.

Emis lives with her minor children, aged 16 and 13, for whom she longs to provide a better future, especially with respect to their living conditions because the place where she currently lives is not the best.
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Emis es una mujer de 37 años de edad que vive en el barrio Los Angeles 3 de Barranquilla, donde comercializa sandalias femeninas y queso por libras. Hace dos años, cuando se separó del padre de sus hijos, se vio en la necesidad de buscar una fuente de ingreso que asegurara el bienestar suyo y de su familia. Fue así cuando encontró la oportunidad de vender queso proveniente del municipio de Pivijay, en el departamento del Magdalena, su pueblo natal. Cada vez que viajaba a hacer las compras, observaba que existía un mercado potencial al que le podía vender algún producto diferente que le generara otros ingresos además de ayudarle a solventar los gastos ocasionados. Ideó entonces vender por encargo y a crédito las sandalias que fabrica su hermano de manera artesanal. Con su primer credikiva, Emis pretende aumentar sus ventas no sólo comprando un mayor número de sandalias para la venta sino que quiere comprar un motor de máquina de coser para reparar una de su propiedad y suministrarla a su hermano para incrementar la producción y ampliar la capacidad instalada. Es un negocio familiar en el que varios integrantes aportan un poco para la actividad y trabajan arduamente para que este crezca tanto en espacio como en infraestructura, dotado de buenas máquinas y que sea reconocido ampliamente. Vive con sus hijos menores de edad, de 16 y 13 años a los que anhela brindarles un futuro mejor especialmente con las condiciones habitacionales adecuadas, ya que el lugar donde reside actualmente no es el mejor.

Additional Information

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
  • 316
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $18,296,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,784.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Emis Arelis to purchase women's sandals to sell as well as a motor to repair a sewing machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 13, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2013