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Maricella is a single mother and head of her family, with one six-year-old child whom she has been able to advance in life thanks to her dedication to her work.

Maricella has worked for the greater part of her life selling personal care products through catalogs. However, when the father of her child stopped contributing money to the household about three years ago, she needed to search for a means of generating greater income. From that point, she set up a shoe store where she continues also to offer personal care products for sale. Her store is located in her home, which allows her to look after her child while she is working.

Maricella is well-known for the good service that she provides her customers, and for the good quality of her products. Thanks to this, she has been able to capture a very good customer base, some of whom purchase her products at wholesale. She currently has a large order on behalf of a customer which she cannot cover with her current inventory. For this reason, she must purchase the merchandise from her supplier in order to be able to meet her customer's order. As she doesn't have sufficient capital to make this purchase from her supplier, Maricella is looking for a loan that will allow her to make this purchase of footwear, in order to meet the large order that her customer has placed.

Maricella hopes that in this way her income will grow considerably, as she will be able to continue working on her business with more capital than before. She also dreams that her son might achieve a quality education and have financial stability in the future, so that he won't have to experience the difficulties that she has had to.
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Maricella es una madre soltera cabeza de familia de 1 hijo de 6 años a quien ha podido sacar adelante gracias a su dedicación por el trabajo. Maricella ha trabajado durante gran parte de su vida la venta de productos de uso personal a través de catálogos, sin embargo, hace aproximadamente 3 años cuando el padre de su hijo dejó de contribuir con los ingresos para su hogar, tuvo que buscar la manera de generar mayores ingresos. De allí montó una tienda de calzado, donde además sigue ofreciendo los productos de uso personal. La tienda la tiene ubicada en su residencia lo que le permite atender a su hijo mientras trabaja. Maricella es reconocida por la buena atención que ofrece a sus clientes y por la buena calidad de sus productos, y gracias a esto ha podido captar una muy buena clientela, algunos de ellos, compran sus productos al por mayor. Actualmente tiene un gran pedido por parte de un cliente que no alcanza a satisfacer con el inventario que tiene, por esto debe hacer la compra de la mercancía a su proveedor para satisfacer el pedido de su cliente. Debido a que no cuenta con el capital suficiente para realizar la compra a su proveedor, Maricella busca un préstamo que le permita acceder a la compra de productos de calzado para satisfacer un gran pedido que le ha hecho un cliente.

Maricella espera que de esta manera sus ingresos aumenten considerablemente, pues podrá seguir trabajando en su negocio con más capital que antes. Además, sueña con que su hijo pueda acceder a una educación de calidad y pueda tener en un futuro una estabilidad económica, para que no tenga que pasar por las dificultades que pasó ella.

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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.

About Colombia

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 285
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $17,895,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,783.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,125 helped Maricella to purchase footwear to meet a large order that a customer has placed.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 30, 2012
Mar 1, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 20, 2013