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Luz Marina
Luz Marina is a person who is known for being very hard-working and always looking for the best for her children. Her husband died some time ago, and she was left as a single mother and head of the family with three children under her care, two boys and a girl.

Thanks to the fact that Luz Marina has always had the character for self-improvement, she has been able to get ahead and get the needed support for the household expenses. Luz Marina currently makes foods like tamales, blood sausages, and corn pancakes, among other products. This business activity generates sufficient income to cover her household expenses.

However, Luz Marina wants her children to be able to access a good education and to be able to have financial stability. That is why she is always looking to increase her sales. Luz Marina has some good orders from her customers; however, her working conditions are not the best. They are uncomfortable and not very hygienic.

Looking to be able to change this situation, Luz Marina hopes that a loan will allow her to buy materials and working implements like new knives, a steel counter, and other implements in order to be able to develop her business activity with the best conditions.

Luz Marina hopes that once her work conditions have improved, her customers’ orders will increase. She also hopes to be able to win over new customers. With the increase in sales Luz Marina aspires to be able to give her children the best quality of life and access to the best education possible.
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Luz Marina es una persona que se ha caracterizado por ser muy trabajadora y siempre buscar lo mejor para sus hijos. Hace algún tiempo su esposo murió, por lo que ella quedó como madre soltera cabeza de familia a cargo de sus 3 hijos, dos jóvenes y una niña.
Luz Marina, gracias a que siempre tuvo un espíritu de superación constante, ha podido salir adelante y conseguir el sustento necesario para los gastos de su hogar. Luz Marina actualmente se dedica a la elaboración de alimentos como tamales, morcilla, arepas, entre otros productos, y de esta actividad es que genera los ingresos suficientes para cubrir los gastos de su hogar. Sin embargo, Luz Marina quiere que sus hijos puedan acceder a una buena educación y puedan tener una estabilidad económica, por lo que siempre busca aumentar sus ventas. Actualmente Luz Marina tiene unos buenos pedidos por parte de sus clientes, sin embargo, las condiciones en las que trabaja no son las mejores, pues son muy poco cómodas y tampoco muy higiénicas.
Luz Marina con busca de poder cambiar esta situación, espera que un préstamo le permita acceder a la compra de materiales e implementos de trabajo, como nuevos cuchillos, un mesón en acero, entre otros implementos para poder desarrollar su actividad con las mejores condiciones.
Luz Marina espera que una vez mejorada su condición de trabajo los pedidos de sus clientes se aumenten y también pueda salir a conquistar clientes nuevos.
Con el aumento en sus ventas Luz Marina aspira a poderle brindar a sus hijos la mejor calidad de vida, y el acceso a la mejor educación posible.

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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
  • 499
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,254,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,822.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,100 helped Luz Marina to buy materials and work implements to improve the conditions in which she prepares food.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 18, 2012
Feb 1, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2013