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Berta Luz
Berta Luz is 59 years old. She is a farmer who was displaced with her family by violence committed by groups of outlaws. Because of this, they live in the town of Yarumal, Colombia. That is where they started a new life. Her husband has been a farmer since he was young and he was able to get a job at a farm where he does agricultural work.

For two years, Berta, at a friend's suggestion, started making arepas to sell door to door. Right now, she produces 200 arepas a day which she distributes to restaurants and cafeterias in her community.

Today she is seeking a loan to buy an electric grinder, which will help her cut down the preparation time and physical effort, as well as to buy grills and corn. Her biggest dream is to make her business into a micro-business so she can create a source of employments and guarantee her four children better educational opportunities.
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Berta Luz de 59 años de edad, es una campesina desplazada por la violencia con su núcleo familiar por los grupos al margen de la ley. Por lo cual residen en el municipio de Yarumal, Colombia. Allí comenzaron una nueva vida. Su esposo que se ha dedicado desde su juventud a la agricultura, logró emplearse en una finca en donde labora realizando actividades agrícolas.
Berta desde hace dos años por sugerencia de una amiga inició con la producción de arepas para la venta puerta a puerta. En la actualidad se encuentra produciendo 200 arepas diarias las cuales distribuye en restaurantes y cafeterías de su localidad.
Hoy se encuentra en búsqueda de un crédito con el propósito de comprar un molino eléctrico que le ayudará a disminuir tiempo en la producción y desgaste físico, compra de parrillas y maiz.
Su mayor sueño es poder convertir su negocio en una microempresa, con el fin de crear fuentes de empleo y garantizarles a sus cuatro hijos mejores oportunidades educativos.

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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
  • 371
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $16,188,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,790.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Berta Luz to buy an electric grinder, grills and corn.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 25, 2013
Feb 8, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 19, 2014