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María Rómula
María is a 36 year old single mother. For the past 8 years she has been selling products from catalogs. She was taught this by a friend who taught her everything about this activity. Little by little she has acquired experience and her own clientele. She works every day but does not have a fixed schedule. In this manner she generates enough revenue to cover the household expenses as she is the head of the household. Her drive, enthusiasm and dynamism have motivated her to request a loan to help her invest in buying stock at wholesale (cosmetics, body creams, perfume, accessories, etc.) In this way she can take advantage of discounts and promotions reducing the cost of her product. She can increases her profit margin with each sale and she can meet the customer demand which is always high at the end of the year. This will increase the income she makes for her labor.In this way María will continue to struggle overcoming the obstacles put in her way and face the main challenge she has. Which is getting to the various areas to sell. In the future she would like to own a vehicle to make transportation easier. She would also like to continue investing in her business and in the future fulfill the dream of owning her own premises where she could sell all types of products, creating more employment opportunities and raising her family's quality of life and well-being.
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María, una madre soltera de 36 años de edad, se dedica desde hace 8 años a vender productos por catálogo, actividad que conoció gracias a una amiga que le enseñó todo lo relacionado con esta labor y, poco a poco fue adquiriendo experiencia y su propia clientela; trabaja todos los días, aunque no tiene un horario de trabajo establecido y, de esta manera genera los recursos suficientes para llevar el sustento a su familia ya que es madre cabeza de hogar. Su empuje, entusiasmo y su dinamismo la impulsan a solicitar el apoyo del crédito que invertirá en la compra de surtido al por mayor (cosméticos, cremas corporales, perfumería, accesorios, entre otros), de esta forma podrá aprovechar los descuentos y promociones que obtiene, disminuyendo así los costos de los productos y, logrando aumentar el margen de ganancia con cada venta, además podrá satisfacer la demanda de productos que aumenta en la temporada de fin de año, mejorando así los ingresos que recibe por su labor. De esta forma María quiere seguir luchando, para sobrepasar los diversos obstáculos que se le presentan y enfrentar su principal desafío que es la dificultad para trasladarse a todos los sectores por lo que más adelante quiere tener un vehículo que le facilite el transporte; además quiere seguir invirtiendo en su negocio y en un futuro poder cumplir el sueño de adquirir un local propio donde pueda vender todo tipo de artículos, además brindar oportunidades de empleo y así, mejorar la calidad de vida y el bienestar familiar.

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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
  • 308
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  • $18,193,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,930.7
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $525 helped María Rómula to buy stock wholesale (cosmetics, body creams, perfume, accessories, etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 15, 2013
Nov 17, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 30, 2014