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62-year-old Nelly makes "pasteles", a typical Colombian pastry consisting of a mixture of dough or rice with vegetables, meat and other ingredients, which are wrapped in bijao leaves (similar to banana leaves), tied and then cooked. This business is a result of the tradition started by her mother, who remained in this line of work for many years and, when she passed away, Nelly carried on with her business. Many of her family members work in this micro-enterprise; they're in charge of food preparation and commercial distribution of the products. Thanks to this business Nelly has succeeded in getting her family ahead. Today she owns a house of her own and feels like an accomplished woman and an important member of her family. Her goal is to keep on working tirelessly in order to achieve more and more happiness and well-being for herself and for her family. She's currently requesting a Kiva loan, her first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use it to purchase wholesale supplies for making "pasteles", such as rice, olives, capers, meat, chicken, pork and vegetables. She will take on a potential market which she hopes to conquer with the quality of her products and her good prices.
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Nelly de 62 años de edad se dedica a la elaboración de pasteles, plato típico colombiano, que consiste en un amasijo de masa o arroz, preparado con verduras, carnes y otros ingredientes envueltos en hojas de bijao, atado con un ico y sometido a la cocción. Este negocio es producto de la tradición de su madre quien trabajó en este oficio durante muchos años y cuando esta falleció, Nelly continuó con su negocio. En esta microempresa trabajan varios de sus familiares que se encargan de la preparación del alimento y distribución comercial del producto. Gracias a esta actividad Nelly ha logrado sacar adelante a su familia y hoy tiene su casa propia y se siente realizada como mujer y persona importante en su familia. Su meta es continuar trabajando incansablemente para conseguir cada vez mas bienestar y felicidad para su misma y para su familia. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, mediante el cual comprará al por mayor materias primas para elaborar pasteles como arroz, aceitunas, alcaparra, carne, pollo, cerdo y verduras y abordar un mercado potencial que espera conquistar con calidad de sus productos y buenos precios.

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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
  • 303
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $18,296,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,805.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Nelly to purchase rice, olives, capers, meat, chicken, pork and vegetables.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 25, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2013