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María Magdalena
Magdalena is 57 years old, and has worked extremely hard her whole life to provide for her family. She has been separated from her ex-husband for over 15 years, and her job is the sole source of income for her household.

Magdalena opened her small business with some startup capital that one of her children gave her, and she still operates her general store. She is grateful to God for the strength He has given her to raise and provide for her six children and get through challenging situations.

Every day, Magdalena works from 7:00 in the morning until 10:00 at night. One of her daughters-in-law helps her in the store and with some of the household chores. In hopes of increasing her inventory and offering clients a wider variety of products, Magdalena is requesting this loan. She plans to use the support from the loan to purchase products to stock her general store. She hopes that this investment will help her to generate more business and profits, and will in turn improve her quality of life.
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Magdalena de 57 años de edad, es una mujer que lucha por mejorar la calidad de vida de su hogar. Es separada desde hace más de 15 años, por lo cual debe generar el sustento para su familia, ya que su cónyuge no asumió ninguna responsabilidad.
Inicio su negocio comercializando productos de la canasta familiar gracias al capital que le regaló uno de sus hijos. Magdalena agradece inmensamente a Dios por que a pesar de las situaciones difíciles por las que tuvo que atravesar, logró sacar adelante a sus seis hijos, quienes hoy son su mayor apoyo.

Diariamente labora de siete de la mañana a diez de la noche, con la ayuda de una nuera, mientras realiza las labores en su casa.
Con el propósito de aumentar inventarios y poder ofrecerles a sus clientes mayor variedad de productos, Magdalena se encuentra solicitando un crédito.
Espera que esta inversión genere una mayor rentabilidad con la que pueda mejorar su calidad de vida.

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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
  • 243
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $17,876,725
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,813.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $850 helped María Magdalena to purchase products for daily use to stock her general store.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 15, 2013
Mar 2, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 18, 2013