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Luz Marina
Luz Marina has gone through great adversities her entire life in order to support her children and move her home forward. Nevertheless, she’s always been noted for being very tenacious and for looking for ways to continue forward with much effort.

She’s a single mother of three children because her children’s father abandoned them when they were still very little and Luz Marina has had to do different types of work in order to support her home.

After many years of working in a variety of jobs, a few years ago she set up a small grocery store at home that’s made it possible for her to earn higher income and provide her three children with better quality of life.

Because she does not have sufficient capital in her business and she hopes to overcome these economic difficulties, Luz Marina is calling on a loan to buy basic staple items to stock her store with a wider variety of goods her customers are requesting.

Her dream is to be able to have a large store that will considerably improve her income so she can offer her three children better quality of life.
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Luz Marina toda su vida ha tenido que atravesar por grandes adversidades para poder sacar sus hijos y su propio hogar adelante, sin embargo siempre se ha caracterizado por ser muy luchadora y buscar salir adelante con mucho esfuerzo. Madre soltera de 3 hijos, pues el padre de sus hijos la abandonó cuando eran muy pequeños, a Luz Marina le ha tocado realizar diferentes labores para poder sostener su hogar; y después de muchos años trabajando en diferentes oficios, hace unos años montó desde su casa una tienda general la cual le ha permitido tener mejores ingresos y ofrecerles a sus 3 hijos una mejor calidad de vida. Como no cuenta con un capital suficiente en su negocio y aspira a poder superar estas dificultades económicas, Luz Marina acude a un préstamo para comprar productos de la canasta familiar y surtir su negocio con mayor variedad de productos que sus clientes le están solicitando.

Su sueño es poder tener una gran tienda en la cual sus ingresos mejoren considerablemente y pueda ofrecerles a sus 3 hijos una mejor calidad de vida.

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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
  • 271
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $16,895,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,798.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
A loan of $900 helped Luz Marina to buy basic staple items to stock her store.
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 12, 2012
Oct 11, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 10, 2012