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Hernando has worked since he was very young, as he comes from a family with very little money and when the need came up, he started work selling fast food in his municipality. He worked there for a while, bringing money home to his parents so they could have a chance at a better quality of life and better financial opportunities. However, because of problems with violence, he had to leave his municipality as an outcast and he came to the city looking for opportunities to get ahead financially. This is how he began selling fruit and vegetables and, with this business, he began to earn his living. Currently, Hernando has a son he provides with a good education and for whom he is completely responsible, as the mother abandoned them some time ago. Thanks to his good sales, his financial situation at home has been improving, which is why he is asking for a loan to buy the vegetables that he has run out of at his business.

His greatest dream is to offer his son a better quality of life and the opportunity to attend a university. He also dreams of buying his own home in the future.
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Hernando trabaja desde que era muy joven, pues proviene de una familia de escasos recursos económicos y por las necesidades que surgían comenzó a trabajar vendiendo comidas rápidas en su municipio. Allí trabajó durante un tiempo de modo que aportaba a sus padres para que en su hogar tuvieran la posibilidad de tener una mejor calidad de vida y mejores oportunidades económicas, pero debido a problemas de violencia se vio en la obligación de salir de su municipio como desplazado y llegó a la ciudad en busca de oportunidades económicas para progresar. Fue así como comenzó a vender frutas y verduras y con este negocio comenzó a ganarse la vida. Actualmente Hernando tiene un hijo a quien le brinda el acceso a una educación de buena calidad y por quien tiene todas las obligaciones, pues su madre los abandonó hace un tiempo. Gracias a que ha tenido muy buenas ventas, la situación económica del hogar ha venido mejorando, y por esto también busca un préstamo para comprar verduras que se han agotado en su negocio.

Su mayor sueño es brindar a su hijo una mejor calidad de vida y la oportunidad de acceder a una universidad. Además, tiene el sueño de en un futuro comprar su casa propia.

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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.

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  • $11,100
    Average annual income
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  • $16,230,175
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $850 helped Hernando to buy the vegetables he has run out of at his business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 17, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 18, 2014