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Isabel Maria
Isabel is 30 years old and has her own clothing workshop. She lives in Barranquilla with her three year old daughter. Isabel has always been interested in art and design because she went to a school that put a lot of emphasis on sewing and design. She began working making clothing 5 years ago but she has only had her own workshop for one year now and she sells party dresses and every day wear that she makes herself, directly to her customers. A particular challenge she faces in living in a inward facing apartment, which doesn't give visibility to her business, nevertheless, she works to make herself known to potential customers and this is one of the motivations she has in life, in order to gradually grow her business through financing and be able to increase her earnings in order to move her business to another location and also in the future purchase a house. She is currently applying for a loan, which is her first with Kiva and the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she will purchase primary materials and supplies for making clothing for cocktails events, weddings and baby clothing. If her business grows enough, she will purchase sewing machines and employ other people, which would be her dream.
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Isabel , 30 años, tiene un taller de confección de ropa. Ella vive en Barranquilla, con su hija de 3 años de edad. Isabel siempre le interesaba el arte y el diseño, porque asistió a un colegio, que puso mucho énfasis en la confección y el diseño, ella empezó a trabajar en la confección de ropa hace 5 años, pero solo hasta hace 1 año, tiene su propio taller y vende los vestidos de fiesta y ropa familiar que ella elabora, directamente a los clientes. Un gran desafío para ella es que vive en un apartamento interno, así que su negocio no es visible, no obstante, su tarea es lograr darse a conocer por su clientela y esta es una de las motivaciones que tiene en su vida para crecer paulatinamente mediante financiamientos y lograr aumentar sus ingresos para poder mudar su negocio a otro lugar, y mas adelante comprar una casa propia. En la actualidad está aplicando a un primer financiamiento Kiva en la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el cual comprará materias primas e insumos para la confección de ropa, en la línea de vestidos de coctel, matrimonio y ropa infantil. Si su negocio sigue creciendo, ella comprará maquinas y tendrá muchos empleados, tal como lo sueña.

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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
  • 239
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $16,895,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,800.2
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Isabel Maria purchase prime materials and supplies to make clothing for cocktail events, weddings and baby clothes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 28, 2012
Oct 7, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 18, 2013