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Luz Marleny
Luz Marleny recently separated from the father of her three children and since then she has been a single mother. As head of household she is supporting her children without relying on help from anyone. Therefore she has been working hard to overcome the economic difficulties this situation presemts so that she can provide a good quality of life for her children.

Formerly she was working for a company but because she had to care for her children she decided to resign and use the severance pay to start a vegetable store in a space very near her house so that she can run her business and make a living and also be available to her children. She has confronted a great many difficulties, however she has always held on to the hope that she will be able to get ahead and that her children will be able to have a better quality of life.

Looking to improve her business and increase sales, Luz Marlene is requesting a loan to purchase a cooler, an ad for her business, a scale and to stock her business with more fruits and vegetables.

Her dream is that this business will succeed and enable her to move her children forward by giving them a good quality of life and access to a good quality education.
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Luz Marleny hace poco se separó del padre de sus 3 hijos y desde entonces es madre soltera cabeza de hogar a cargo de sus hijos y sin contar con el apoyo de nadie, es por esto que ha venido trabajando fuertemente para superar las dificultades económicas que esto trae y poderles brindar una buena calidad de vida a sus hijos. Anteriormente trabajaba en una empresa, pero debido a que tenía que estar al cuidado de sus hijos, decidió renunciar y con el dinero de la liquidación montó una legumbrería en un local muy cerca de su casa y así puede estar atendiendo el negocio para generar ingresos y también estar al cuidado de sus hijos. Han sido una gran cantidad de dificultades que se le han presentado, pero siempre ha mantenido la misma esperanza de que podrá salir adelante y sus hijos podrán tener una mejor calidad de vida. Buscando mejorar cada vez más su negocio para aumentar sus ventas, Luz Marleny busca un préstamo para comprar un enfriador, un aviso para su negocio, una gramera y surtir su negocio con más frutas y verduras.

Su sueño es que este negocio salga adelante y le permita sacar a sus hijos adelante brindándoles una buena calidad de vida y el acceso a una educación de buena calidad.

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Important Information

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
  • 394
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $16,282,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,818.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,125 helped Luz Marleny to purchase a cooler, an ad for her business, a scale and to stock her store with more fruits and vegetables.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 17, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 20, 2013