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Mariana De Jesús
Mariana, 36, is the single mother of a son, 4. She went through a difficult economic situation when the father of her son abandoned her and because of the lack of job opportunities, so she decided to look for a job to generate her own income. The financial responsibility falls directly on her, so she wants to start her own business, a restaurant where she'll serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

She already has a place but to implement her business plan she needs the support of the loan to buy fixed assets (tables, chairs, a stove, a refrigerator, pots, cutlery, dinner service) and ingredients (meat, vegetables, grains, fruit, soda). She'll have the help of another person. Her planned schedule is 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Mariana has the advantage of knowing this field because currently she sells fried foods and has taken several cooking classes. In this business she'll be able to exploit all her potential and apply the knowledge she has acquired. This will give her the opportunity to generate the income she needs to pay for her basic household needs and support her family. She'll also continue striving to get her son ahead and give him a better life.
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Mariana, con 36 años de edad es madre soltera de un hijo de 4 años. Debido a la difícil situación económica por la que atravesó, luego de ser abandonada por el padre de su hijo y por la falta de oportunidades de empleo, ella decidió buscar opciones que le permitieran generar ingresos por cuenta propia, ya que la responsabilidad económica recae directamente sobre ella, por eso desea iniciar con su propio negocio, un restaurante donde ofrecerá desayunos, almuerzos y cenas. La cliente ya cuenta con el local, pero requiere el apoyo del crédito para comprar activos fijos (sillas, mesas, estufa, nevera, ollas, cubiertos, vajilla) e insumos (carnes, verduras, granos, frutas, gaseosas) con el fin de poner en marcha su idea de negocio; ella contará con el apoyo de otra persona y el horario de trabajo planeado es de 6:30 am a 7:30 pm. Mariana tiene la ventaja de poseer conocimientos en este campo de acción, pues actualmente vende fritos y ha realizado diversos cursos de gastronomía y, en este negocio podrá explotar todo su potencial y aplicar todos los conocimientos adquiridos. Esto le brindará la oportunidad de generar los ingresos necesarios para solventar las necesidades básicas de su hogar y para llevar el sustento diario; además podrá seguir luchando para sacar adelante a su hijo y brindarle una mejor calidad de vida.

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This loan is designed for an entrepreneur who needs working capital to start a brand new business. Along with the loan, Kiva's field partner Interactuar provides counseling, training courses, and other financial resources to help new, riskier entrepreneurs set up young businesses.

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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.


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  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 226
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  • $17,876,725
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,919.6
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $3,650 helped Mariana De Jesús to buy fixed assets and ingredients.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 22, 2013
Aug 21, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 18, 2015