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Sandra Damaris
Sandra is 31 years old, and since her adolescent years she has had a passion for business. She reports that when she was in grade school she was the one who sold sweets for her class. She always dreamed of having her own business, but never had the resources to realize her goals. When she finished her bachelor's degree, she worked for a candy company. She labored there for several years, and eventually left when she became tired of being exploited by her superiors.

She then began selling clothes to neighbors and relatives, and given the profitability of the business, she decided to open a shop. Currently she sells items such as stationary, clothes and ice cream. Her main goal is to expand her business. Thus, she is seeking a loan to buy school supplies to sell at the beginning of the year.
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Sandra de 31 años de edad es una mujer que desde su adolescencia se apasionó por los negocios, cuenta que cuando estudiaba en el colegio era la vendedora de dulces de la clase. Siempre soñó con tener su propio negocio pero no contaba con los recursos para su proyecto, por lo cual al terminar sus estudios de bachillerato se empleó en el sector de confección, allí laboró por varios años y luego renunció cansada de la explotación que recibía por parte de sus superiores. Con la liquidación comenzó vendiendo ropa a sus familiares y vecinos y luego con la rentabilidad del negocio decidió colocar un local. En la actualidad ofrece servicio de papelería, helados y venta de ropa. Su mayor deseo es acreditar su negocio, por lo cual se encuentra solicitando un crédito con el que comprará artículos escolares para la temporada de principio de año.

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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
  • 376
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $18,147,825
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,790.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,400 helped Sandra Damaris to buy school supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 26, 2012
Jan 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 19, 2013