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Graciela has been a person who has had to get through many adversities in her life. Nevertheless, her great charisma and her will to advance have meant that her problems have not put any stumbling blocks in her path that would keep her from overcoming these adversities. At the age of 59, Graciela is a single mother, the head of a family of two children to whom she has always wanted to offer a university education. Nevertheless, her low income has not allowed this. Because she is the one who has to generate the income for her household, she has worked very hard at a variety of activities, but at the moment she is unemployed thanks to the few opportunities that have been offered to her in life.

Graciela, with the will to generate the income that she needs to support the household expenses, wants to set up a general store in her own house, where she can sell basic goods and tend to her business, her home, and her children at the same time. Graciela has a kiosk where she wants to set up her store, but it needs some remodeling. Nevertheless, she does not have enough money now to stock the store and remodel the kiosk. This is why Graciela hopes that a loan will offer her the opportunity to be able to purchase basic goods to stock the store and to remodel the kiosk, so that she can open her general store and be able to generate the income that she needs.

Graciela dreams that with her business underway, she can generate sufficient income to support her household expenses and to offer her children dignified living conditions. In addition, Graciela dreams that with the income that her store will generate, she will be able to offer her children the opportunity to study at a university.
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Graciela ha sido una persona que ha tenido que atravesar por muchas adversidades en su vida, sin embargo, el gran carisma que tiene y las ganas de salir adelante, han hecho que sus problemas no le hagan ningún tropiezo en su camino que le impidan superar estas adversidades. Con 59 años de edad, Graciela es una madre soltera cabeza de familia de 2 hijos a los que siempre les ha querido brindar una educación universitaria, sin embargo, los bajos ingresos no se lo han permitido. Debido a que ella es la que debe generar los ingresos para su hogar, ha trabajado muy fuertemente en diferentes actividades, pero en el momento se encuentra desempleada debido a las pocas oportunidades que se le presentan en la vida.

Graciela, con el ánimo de generar los ingresos que necesita para sostener los gastos del hogar, quiere montar una tienda general en su propia casa, donde pueda vender productos de la canasta familiar, estar pendiente del negocio y de su hogar y sus hijos al mismo tiempo. Graciela tiene un kiosco en el cual desea montar su tienda pero requiere de algunas adecuaciones, sin embargo actualmente no cuenta con dinero suficiente para surtir la tienda y adecuar el kiosco. Es por esto que Graciela tiene la esperanza de que un préstamo le brinde la oportunidad de acceder a la compra de productos de la canasta familiar y a realizarle adecuaciones locativas a su kiosco, de modo que pueda iniciar su tienda general para poder generar los ingresos que necesita.

Graciela sueña que con su negocio en marcha, pueda generar los ingresos suficientes para sostener los gastos del hogar y poder brindarles a sus hijos unas condiciones de vida dignas.
Además, Graciela sueña que con los ingresos que le genere la tienda, pueda ofrecerles a sus hijos la oportunidad de estudiar una carrera universitaria.

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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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  • $18,235,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,810.0
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Graciela to buy basic food products and do some remodeling at her kiosk to set up a general store.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 25, 2012
Feb 3, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2012