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Maria is a single mother and head of household with three children for whom she wants to provide the best lifestyle possible. Approximately 25 years ago she took a sewing course and learned the skill very well. Since then she has been sewing for a living and generating an income for her household. For 15 years she worked for two clothing manufacturing companies but decided to work for herself because she felt she was not paid well. In order to generate more income she set up her own sewing workshop where she works for third parties and also has her own line. She is able to generate employment for people who need it most when her sales increase significantly. Therefore, she not only provides a better lifestyle for her own family but also for people in the industry who are most in need. In order to increase production capacity, Maria is seeking a loan to buy an overlock sewing machine and sewing supplies.

Maria wants to be able to have a work tool on hand for another worker which she will need shortly. Also, she hopes the increase in sales will improve her children's quality of life and provide more opportunities to get ahead.
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Maria es una madre soltera cabeza de familia de 3 hijos a quienes siempre les ha querido ofrecer una buena calidad de vida. Hace aproximadamente 25 años tomó un curso de confección donde aprendió a desempeñar la actividad con gran calidad, desde entonces trabaja en esta actividad y con esto ha generado los ingresos para su hogar. Durante 15 años trabajó para 2 empresas de confección donde decidió independizarse debido a que sentía que su trabajo era muy mal remunerado. Con el ánimo de generar mayores ingresos montó su propio taller de confección donde ofrece el servicio de confección a terceros y también tiene una línea propia. Allí puede generar empleo para las personas más necesitadas cuando sus ventas se incrementan considerablemente, y gracias a esto ofrece una mejor calidad de vida no solo para su familia sino también para las personas más necesitadas de su sector. Con el ánimo de aumentar su capacidad de producción, Maria busca que un préstamo le brinde la posibilidad de acceder a la compra de una máquina fileteadora y la compra de insumos que requiere para la confección.

Maria espera que de esta manera pueda tener la herramienta de trabajo para otro puesto de trabajo que generará en poco tiempo. Además, Maria espera que con el incremento que ha tenido en sus ventas sus hijos puedan gozar de una mejor calidad de vida y mayores oportunidades de progreso.

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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
  • 270
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $17,889,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,764.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $925 helped Maria to buy an overlock sewing machine and sewing supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
23 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 27, 2012
Apr 9, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 19, 2013