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Mercy is a thirty-five year old woman and a married mother of two children. Three years ago she decided to become an independent businesswoman, starting a fast food stall located in the center of the city of Medellín, in the department of Antioquia.

Mercy dreams of having a bigger food business where she can offer more variety of products to her customers which will make her business more memorable and desirable to her clientele. At the same time she'd be able to offer employment to more people who need it and in this way succeed in creating a chain of sustainable employment.

Right now she needs some grills and supplies for her business. With these she'll be able to start innovating the products she offers, increase sales, and improve her quality of life and that of her family.
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Mercy es una mujer de 35 años de edad, casada y mamá de 2 niños, desde hace 3 años, tomo la decisión de volverse una empresaria independiente, montando un puesto de comidas rápidas ubicado en el centro de la ciudad de Medellín en el departamento de Antioquia.

Mercy sueña con tener un negocio de comidas más grande, donde pueda ofrecer mas variedad de productos a sus clientes y así generar recordación y deseo de parte de su clientela por su negocio, al mismo tiempo que pueda ofrecer empleo a más personas que lo necesiten para lograr generar una cadena en pro del empleo sostenible.

Actualmente esta requiriendo unas parrillas e insumos para su negocio con las cuales podrá ir innovando en los productos que va ofreciendo, tener mas ventas y mejorar su calidad de vida y la de su familia.

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This loan is structured on Kiva as a bullet loan, which means a single payment is required at the end of the loan term. By Colombian law, Kiva's partner Interactuar is required to offer borrowers loans with a variable interest rate that fluctuates with the market rate. Because fixed monthly payments are applied first to interest and then to principal, Interactuar is unable to predict upfront what portion of each repayment would go towards the loan principal. This creates a challenge with Kiva's system, which doesn't allow for unpredictable principal payments, and can result in some Interactuar clients appearing falsely delinquent. To remedy this, the loan has an end-of-term repayment plan on Kiva, but the borrower will continue scheduled monthly repayments to Interactuar, who will then pass along the principal amount to Kiva lenders. This means that you may see repayments made on this loan throughout the repayment term, as opposed to receiving repayment in full at the end of the loan term.

About Colombia

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 507
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,250,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,860.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped Mercy to buy some grills and supplies for her fast food stall.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 14, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2012