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In 1984, Astrid, a married woman with three children between 19 and 25 years old, started her dressmaking business venture.

All her life, she saw her mother work in sewing clothing and so she learned. When she needed to generate income, she looked over what she knew and organized her dressmaking shop, continuing the cultural legacy of the trade.

Today in her shop, Astrid carries out all the processing operations -- design, preparation, cut, assembling and finishing pieces -- plus commercialization among neighbors and friends, who have formed a group of regular clients.

Her goal is to improve the appearance of the business in order to increase her inventory of raw materials, but her greatest challenge is to finding sources of financing that allow her to achieve her intent. This is the reason she is turning to a Kiva credit, with which she will buy fabric, thread, interfacing and buttons to solve the weaknesses of her business, improving her inventory.
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En el año 1984, Astrid mujer casada y madre de 3 hijos en las edades de 19 a 25 años, emprendió su iniciativa de negocios de confecciones; Ella toda su vida vio a su madre dedicarse a la costura de ropa y por eso aprendió y cuando cedió generar ingresos, revisó lo que conocía y organizó su taller de confecciones, continuando con la herencia cultural en este oficio. Astrid hoy en su taller realiza todas las operaciones del proceso: diseño, preparación, corte, ensamble y acabado de piezas, más la comercialización entre vecinos y amigos que han conformado un grupo de clientes fijos. Su meta es mejorar la imagen del negocio, para incrementar sus inventarios de materias primas, pero su mayor desafío es lograr fuentes de financiación que le permitan alcanzar su propósito. Esta es la razón por la cual acude a un credikiva, con el cual comprará telas, hilos, pellon, botones, con los cuales solucionar las debilidades de su negocio, mejorando sus inventarios, lo cual es la razón de éxito de su inversión.

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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
  • 310
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $18,193,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,884.8
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $675 helped Astrid to buy fabric, thread, interfacing and buttons.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 17, 2014
Aug 23, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2015