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Silvia Patricia
Silvia is a strong-willed young woman who works to support her family. Even though she's quite young, her mother and siblings depend on her support. In the past, her father had a stall selling candies and treats outside the grounds of a school, but some time ago he died and since then the business has been Silvia's responsibility. Through this business, she's been able to overcome the financial hardships that came with her father's death and that's why she works hard every day to make it grow and generate greater income for her home. As she doesn't have that much capital on hand, she's currently having a lot of trouble keeping her store stocked up.

That's why she's seeking a loan to buy candies to stock her business and increase the variety of items she can offer to her customers, hopefully leading to increased sales. Her dream is to establish her business in a permanent location, which would allow her to considerably improve her working conditions and also improve her family's quality of life, offering greater opportunities to advance.
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Silvia es una joven luchadora que trabaja para sostener su familia, pues aunque es muy joven su madre y sus hermanos dependen de su sostenimiento. Anteriormente su padre tenía un puesto de venta de dulces a las afueras de un colegio, pero hace un tiempo su padre murió y desde entonces el negocio es responsabilidad de Silvia. Con este negocio han podido superar la dificultad económica y social que ha dejado la partida de su padre, y por esto lo trabaja fuertemente todos los días para hacerlo crecer y poder generar los ingresos para su hogar. Como no cuenta con mucho capital, actualmente está pasando una gran dificultad en su negocio por no poder surtirlo; es por esto que busca un préstamo para comprar dulces y surtir su negocio y aumentar la variedad de productos que ofrece a sus clientes, esperando mejorar sus ventas.

Su sueño es ubicarse dentro de un puesto fijo que le permita mejorar considerablemente sus condiciones de trabajo y también poder mejorar la calidad de vida de la familia ofreciéndoles mejores oportunidades para salir adelante.

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Important Information

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
  • 330
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $18,149,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,797.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $175 helped Silvia Patricia to buy candies to stock her business and increase the variety of items she can offer to her customers, hopefully leading to increased sales.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 25, 2012
Nov 1, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2013