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Blanca Nubia
Blanca is a 58 year old who is a single mother of three children, whom she has brought up alone, with income generated from the sale of food that she prepares herself. She initially started preparing food from her home and then, thanks to the mayor of her municipality, she received permission to sell her products at a kiosk located in a busy area of town. There she offers products such as tamales, fried foods, snacks, sodas, among other items.

She works every day from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm and has the support of her daughter. She is currently requesting a loan in order to make adjustments in the business that are required by health authorities (to make a smooth cement board ) and buy supplies in bulk (vegetables, meat, oil, sauces, sodas, snacks, among other items). This way she will improve her working conditions and increase sales, which means she will have more income to continue ensuring the welfare of her children. Also her business will look better and attract more customers.

Blanca wants to continue working hard and in the near future hopes that a well known soda company will give her the opportunity of having a much bigger kiosk to better serve her customers and to improve the profitability of the establishment. This will provide a better quality of life for her family and she will be able to enjoy a peaceful old age, with economic stability.
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Blanca a sus 58 años de edad, es madre soltera de 3 hijos, a los que ha sacado adelante sola, con los ingresos que ha generado con la venta de alimentos que ella misma prepara. Inicialmente comenzó elaborando los alimentos desde su vivienda y luego, gracias a la alcaldía del municipio donde reside, recibió el permiso para vender sus productos en un kiosko ubicado en una zona muy transitada del municipio, allí ofrece productos como tamales, alimentos fritos, mecato, gaseosas, entre otros, trabaja todos los días de 6:00 am hasta las 7:00 pm y cuenta con el apoyo de una hija. Actualmente solicita el crédito para realizar adecuaciones en el negocio que le exigen las autoridades de sanidad (hacer una plancha en cemento liso) y comprar insumos al por mayor (verduras, carne, aceite, salsas, gaseosas, mecato, entre otros), de esta manera mejorará las condiciones de trabajo y aumentará las ventas, lo que para ella significa tener mejores ingresos para seguir velando por el bienestar de sus hijos, adicionalmente su negocio tendrá una mejor imagen y atraerá más clientela. Blanca desea seguir trabajando arduamente y en un futuro cercano lograr que una empresa de gaseosas muy reconocida, le brinde la opción de tener un kiosko mucho más amplio para atender mejor a sus clientes y mejorar la rentabilidad del establecimiento. Así podrá brindar una mejor calidad de vida a su familia y disfrutará de una vejez más tranquila teniendo una estabilidad económica favorable.

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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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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $650 helped Blanca Nubia to make adjustments in the business that are required by health authorities (to make a smooth cement board) and buy supplies in bulk (vegetables, meat, oil, sauces, sodas, snacks, among other items).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 17, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 17, 2014