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Bienvenida, 58, separated from her husband three years ago, so she needed to generate income to support her household. She started by selling frozen products, which has given her good results: her quality of life has improved and her sales grow more every day.

This has motivated her to request a loan to expand her portfolio and start selling staple goods.

She dreams of having a large self-service market where people will find the products they need. She's grateful to God for this opportunity to have her own business and improve her economic status.
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Bienvenida, de 58 años de edad, se separó de su esposo hace tres años, por lo cual se vio en la necesidad de generar ingresos para el sostenimiento de su hogar. Inició con la venta de productos congelados, lo cual le ha dado un muy buen resultado, fruto de ello, su calidad de vida ha mejorado y las ventas crecen cada día más. Razón que la ha motivado a solicitar un crédito para ampliar su portafolio e iniciar con la venta de productos de la canasta familiar.
Sueña con tener un gran mercado autoservicio en donde la gente encuentre los productos que necesita.
Agradece a Dios por la oportunidad que le brindó de tener su propio negocio y mejorar su condición económica.

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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.

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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,600 helped Bienvenida to buy staple goods.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 29, 2013
May 28, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2015