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Hernán Darío
46-year old Hernán is married and has two children aged 12 and 14. He has lived his whole life in the country where he learned about agriculture from his father who has always been a farmer. He now owns land where he grows flowers like hydrangeas, as well as salad tomatoes, strawberries, and beans. After harvesting the crops, he sells them in the local market. He has three laborers whom he hires on a daily basis.

Hernán also works as a taxi driver serving the towns and villages of the municipality. These two jobs bring in enough money to pay for household necessities. He is a thriving, enterprising, active and hardworking man who works long days. Mornings are spent in his fields, and afternoons and evenings driving his taxi. He's done this work for approximately 20 years.

Hernán is seeking a loan to help him overcome some problems that he is facing due to the high cost of agricultural supplies. He plans to use the money to buy manure, sprinklers, fungicide, and fertilizer so that he can continue to provide good care for his crops and get a high-quality harvest. He will be able to sell the produce for a better price in the market and increase his income.

Hernán's dream is to expand his business and make it sustainable so that he can continue to generate employment. In turn this will lead to greater economic stability and the opportunity to provide his children with a better education and a better standard of living for the whole family.
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Hernán, a sus 46 años de edad es casado y padre de 2 hijos de 12 y 14 años. Toda su vida ha vivido en el campo, donde aprendió las labores agrícolas gracias a las enseñanzas de su padre, quien siempre fue agricultor. Actualmente posee cultivos de flores como hortensias, y cultivos de tomate de aliño, fresas y fríjol, cuya cosecha es vendida en el mercado del pueblo donde reside y cuenta con el apoyo de 3 empleados que laboran al jornal; esta actividad la alterna laborando como conductor de un taxi, prestando el servicio en la zona urbana y rural del municipio; todo esto le genera los ingresos suficientes para solventar las necesidades básicas de su hogar. Hernán es un hombre pujante, emprendedor, activo y muy buen trabajador, pues labora arduas jornadas diariamente, en las mañanas se dedica al cuidado de sus cultivos y en las tardes sale a trabajar en el taxi, estas actividades las ha realizado desde hace 20 años aproximadamente.
El cliente solicita el crédito como un apoyo, para hacerle frente a los obstáculos que se le presentan debido a los altos costos de los insumos agrícolas; éste será invertido en la compra de abonos, riegos, fungicidas y fertilizantes para poder continuar con el cuidado de todos sus cultivos y así poder cosechar productos de muy buena calidad, que pueda vender a mejor precio en el mercado y así aumentar sus ingresos. Hernán sueña con darle continuidad a su negocio, hacerlo crecer y que sea perdurable en el tiempo para continuar generando oportunidades de empleo y que le ayuden a tener una estabilidad económica favorable para brindar una mejor educación a sus hijos y mejor calidad de vida para toda la familia.

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By funding this loan, you are promoting entrepreneurship in remote regions, including areas recovering from guerilla warfare in Colombia, and helping to reverse the rural exodus which occurred in the past decades when a the rural population fled their countryside homes for the safer cities.

This Kiva loan was created by Kiva's field partner Interactuar specifically for Kiva funding, in an effort to reach more borrowers in rural areas. Most of the Interactuar's lending operations are focused in urban parts of Medellin. But this loan product is designed to provide working capital to riskier agricultural businesses who have been traditionally excluded from the finance sector.

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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
  • 305
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  • $18,235,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,899.4
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $2,750 helped Hernán Darío buy farming supplies (manure, sprinklers, fungicide, fertilizer).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 17, 2013
Aug 18, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 25, 2014