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Carlos Mario
Carlos Mario is 55 years old and a man who is dedicated to his job. He has a great desire to find a better future for his family.

For 30 years he has worked as a cobbler in a small shop located in the center of the city - an activity that has allowed him to sustain and feed his family. Although life has not offered him great opportunities, he tries to look ahead and always give the most to his work because he knows that it is the best way to earn the loyalty of his customers.

Currently, he is requesting a loan that he hopes will allow him to expand his business operations and buy supplies to increase his capacity to make repairs. His biggest dream is to be able to collect and save money that he needs to pay for an operation to correct his advanced near-sightedness, which prohibits him from participating in a lot of activities.
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Carlos Mario de 55 años de edad es un hombre comprometido con su trabajo y con muchos deseos de buscar un mejor futuro para su familia. Desde hace 30 años labora como zapatero en un pequeño local ubicado en el centro de la ciudad, actividad que le permite sostener y alimentar su hogar. Aunque la vida no le ha ofrecido grandes oportunidades, trata de mirar adelante y dar siempre lo mejor en su labor porque sabe que esta es la mejor forma de fidelizar sus clientes.
Hoy se encuentra en búsqueda de un crédito con el que espera poder ampliar las instalaciones de su negocio y comprar insumos para incrementar la capacidad de reparación.
Su mayor sueño es poder ahorrar y reunir el dinero que necesita para realizarse una operación de sus vistas, debido a que sufre miopía avanzada, situación que lo cohíbe de realizar muchas actividades.

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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
  • 396
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $18,296,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,780.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Carlos Mario to expand his store and buy supplies (glue and soles).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 27, 2012
Feb 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 19, 2014