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Sandra Liliana
Sandra is 43 years old and the mother of four children between the ages of 8 and 16. She has 18 years of experience working in the maintenance and sales of water filters. Eight years ago, Sandra opened her own business, from which she makes a living and supports her family. Now she works installing and selling everything related to water filters. Currently, she supplies many important organizations in Colombia's beautiful capital, Bogotá.

Sandra's principle products include filters for freezers, ozone water filters, ultraviolet filters and activated carbon filters. She works persistently in order to reach her goal of acquiring a house. Sandra needs to reduce the prices of her products in order to be more competitive and enter new markets. She plans to buy supplies in larger quantities in order to get discounts and also have a better stock of products. This is quite a challenge for Sandra, since she does not have enough working capital yet. That is why she is requesting her first Kiva loan, which is also her first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo.

She will use this loan to buy activated carbon in larger quantities and spare parts to assemble purifiers. Sandra is very disciplined and she plans to stay organized in her accounting in order to be able to expand her business and offer her children better opportunities to succeed.
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Sandra de 43 años de edad es madre de 4 hijos en las edades de 8 a 16 años, ella con su experiencia de 18 años en el mantenimiento y venta de purificadores, hace 8 años logró emprender su propia aventura de negocios, con el que hoy genera sus propios ingresos, para sostener su hogar. Sus líneas de trabajo son instalación y comercialización de todo lo relacionado con la purificación de agua, actualmente es proveedora de organizaciones importantes en la hermosa capital de Colombia: “Bogotá” Sus principales productos son filtros de neveras, purificadores de agua ozono, ultravioleta y carbón activado. En su meta de adquirir una casa trabaja persistentemente, por eso requiere disminuir los precios de los productos, para ser más competitiva y abordar nuevos mercados, comprando en mayor volumen para obtener mejores descuentos y así mismo más utilidades. Esto es justamente un gran desafío, pues no cuenta con el suficiente capital de trabajo para lograrlo; es así como acude a su primer credikiva, también primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, con el cual comprará en mayor volumen carbón activado, repuesto para ensamble y purificador. Sandra es muy disciplinada y planea ser más constante en organizar su contabilidad, para poder crecer aun mas y brindar a sus hijos mejores opciones de éxito..

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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
  • 316
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $18,147,825
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,777.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,150 helped Sandra Liliana to buy activated carbon in larger quantities and spare parts to assemble purifiers.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 24, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 29, 2014