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Helena Emperatriz
Helena, 28, is the owner of a restaurant where she also sells fried foods. Her business started through family tradition, since she learned it from her mother. Taking advantage of the fact that she lives near the Troncal del Occidente highway, where travelers and visitors to a well-known park come by, she started her own business and it went well. Today they are her main customers. Helena works painstakingly, because her most important goal is to finish her schooling and improve her quality of life, expanding her business. Currently she has a liquidity that is not below 18% and she needs working capital to invest in a greater volume. This is the reason why she asked for a Kiva loan. This is her first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she will buy supplies, merchandise, blenders and fruit, to add juices made from the fresh natural fruits in the tropical zone of Colombia.
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Helena de 28 años, es la propietaria de un restaurante donde además vende frituras; su negocio inició por tradición familiar, pues de su madre lo aprendió, por eso Helena aprovechando que habita cerca a la carretera Troncal del Occidente, donde pasan los viajeros y visitantes de un parque muy reconocido, emprendió su propia aventura de negocios y le fue muy bien pues hasta hoy ellos conforman su principal de mercado de clientes. Helena trabaja con mucho esmero, porque su meta mas importante es terminar sus estudios y mejorar su nivel de vida, ensanchando su negocio. En la actualidad maneja una liquidez no menor del 18%, y requiere capital de trabajo para invertir en un mayor volumen, esta es la razón por la cual acude a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, mediante el cual comprará víveres, mercancías, licuadoras y frutas, para adicionar jugos de frescas frutas naturales producidas en la zona tropical de Colombia.

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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
  • 397
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $18,296,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,902.4
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Helena Emperatriz to buy supplies, merchandise, blenders, and fruit.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 18, 2013
Sep 28, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2014