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Graciela is 30 years old, is single, and has no children. Due to the lack of labor opportunities, she decided to begin her own business in order to generate the necessary income to meet her basic needs and expenses. The activity she does is selling merchandise of well-known brands of clothes, watches, shoes, perfumes, among other things. She offers these products to family members, friends, and neighbors. She uses technological tools for her business, including social networking and business pages. The merchandise she sells is often brought in from abroad, which allows her to generate a little more income. However, she also buys things in the city where she lives.

Graciela is a very active, entrepreneurial woman with a great projection toward the fulfillment of her objectives. This is the motive for her soliciting her first round of credit with the objective of buying more wholesale merchandise (watches, shoes, shirts, perfumes). She will buy it abroad, as her friend is taking a trip in the next few days, and she will send her back a package. She will have a greater variety of products to offer her clients, giver her a higher level of profits and increasing her income.

Graciela dreams of growing her business to become a major distributer, selling her products to department stores and retailers in the city. This will give her the possibility of having better living conditions and a stable, favorable economic situation.
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Graciela, a sus 30 años es soltera y no tiene hijos. Debido a la falta de oportunidades laborales, ella decidió iniciar su propio negocio con el fin de generar los ingresos necesarios para solventar sus necesidades y gastos básicos. La actividad que realiza consiste en la venta de mercancía de marcas muy reconocidas de ropa, relojes, zapatos, perfumes, entre otros; estos productos se los ofrece a familiares, amigos y vecinos, además utiliza las herramientas tecnológicas con lo cual amplía su mercado, pues también los ofrece por redes sociales y páginas comerciales. La mercancía que comercializa muchas veces es traída del extranjero, pues ésta le puede generar un poco más de ganancias, sin embargo, también la compra en la ciudad donde reside. La cliente es una mujer activa, emprendedora, con proyección hacia el cumplimiento de sus objetivos; esto la motiva para solicitar su primer ciclo de crédito, con el fin de invertirlo en la compra de mercancía al por mayor (relojes, zapatos, camisetas, perfumería), pues aprovechará la oportunidad de comprarla en el extranjero, ya que una amiga tiene un viaje programado en los próximos días y se la enviará por encomienda. Así tendrá más variedad de productos para ofrecer a sus clientes y tener un mayor nivel de utilidades, incrementando sus ingresos. Graciela sueña con hacer crecer su negocio hasta convertirse en una gran distribuidora, para vender los productos en grandes almacenes y comerciantes de la ciudad; lo que le dará la posibilidad de tener mejores condiciones de vida y una estabilidad económica favorable.

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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
  • 357
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  • $18,296,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,917.8
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,050 helped Graciela to buy wholesale merchandise (watches, shoes, shirts, perfume).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 24, 2013
Sep 5, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 17, 2014