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Katherine is 22 years old, and for six years she has worked making and selling backpacks and wallets. Since she was a little girl she liked to sew, and she took advantage of the college where she studied as they taught her how to do it.

Little by little between the people closest to her, they began ordering hats and keychains, and three years ago, she added backpacks and bags to her merchandise, which today she sells to her main customers who are neighbors, friends from the university where she studies, and family members. They order them, as they know the quality of the products she makes, and she has them on display in her parents' store.

Her goal is to have a well organized workshop in a store and to continue her professional studies in order for her and her family to get ahead.

Currently she is asking for a loan from Kiva, her first funding from the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, with which she will buy raw materials, such as wool and thread, as well as a display case to protect and hold her products. With this she will achieve a better presentation of her products, making her Kiva loan a good investment for her business and boost it.
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Katherine de 22 años de edad, desde hace 6 años, se dedica a la elaboración y venta de mochilas y carteras, pues desde muy niña le gustó tejer, aprovechando en el colegio donde estudió, la enseñaron a hacerlo. Poco a poco entre las personas mas cercanas a ella, le fueron encargando gorros, llaveros, y desde hace 3 años, agregó a su oferta mochilas y bolsos, los cuales hoy vende a su principal clientela de vecinos, compañeros de la universidad donde estudia y a familiares, que le encargan, pues conocen la calidad con la que trabaja y los tiene exhibidos en la tienda de sus padres. Su meta es tener un taller bien organizado en un local y continuar sus estudios profesionales, para salir adelante con su familia. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, mediante el cual comprará materias primas, como lana e hilos, y una vitrina, para proteger y guardar los productos e insumos. Con ello logrará mejorar la presentación de sus productos y hacer que su credikiva sea una buena inversión para su negocio y lo impulse.

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More information about this loan

This loan is part of an innovative partnership between Kiva Labs and Innovations for Poverty Action to evaluate how changes to the conditions of loans might improve the impact of microcredit on small businesses and the well-being of micro-entrepreneurs. Through this partnership, FMSD is testing new features for its small business loans: the design changes being tested include lower interest rates and more flexible repayment schedules aiming to encourage productive investments and to better match micro-entrepreneurs’ irregular income flows. As part of a randomized evaluation, this borrower may be offered one of these innovative loans. This is an exciting innovation and learning process for FMSD, but—like all innovators—it may face additional costs and potential risks in the process. Funding support from Kiva lenders is therefore particularly important to FMSD on this project.

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
  • 225
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $16,925,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,929.9
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $350 helped Katherine to buy raw materials such as wool and thread, and a display case.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 8, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 17, 2015