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María Carmenza
Carmenza is known by her customers as an amiable and charismatic woman. She is 51 and has had her own stall for one year. She sells snacks, cigarettes, sweets, prepaid phone cards, and other things. Her stall is very well located, in the main park of her town. She gathered a lot of experience while working for several shops and grocery stores, so she has ample knowledge of being a saleswoman. She asks for a loan in order to buy merchandise wholesale (snacks, biscuits, sweets, and cigarettes, among others), as she wants to have a greater variety of products on offer to have as many varied customers as possible. Her aim is to increase her sales and her income so as to achieve her medium-term goal of setting up a grocery shop in a good location. Having a real shop would protect her from many risks she actually runs and would also be more profitable. Her dream is to give her family a better life.
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Carmenza se ha caracterizado entre sus clientes como una mujer amable y carismática, con 51 años de edad, se dedica a atender su propio negocio, pues tiene un puesto de venta ambulante que comenzó hace aproximadamente un año; allí ofrece mecato, cigarrillos, dulces, minutos a celular, entre otros y tiene la ventaja de tener una muy buena ubicación, pues se encuentra en el parque principal del municipio donde reside. Su experiencia la obtuvo trabajando en diferentes tiendas y almacenes, por lo que su conocimiento en el manejo de comercio es amplio.
El crédito que solicita es un apoyo para comprar surtido al por mayor (mecato, galletería, dulces, cigarrillos, entre otros), así tendrá más variedad para ofrecer a sus clientes y satisfacer los diferentes gustos y necesidades; lo que le generará mejores ventas e ingresos para seguir luchando para cumplir su propósito a mediano plazo, que es montar una tienda de abarrotes bien ubicada, en la que pueda evitar los riesgos a los que está expuesta y que le genere mayor rentabilidad para dar a su familia una mejor calidad de vida.

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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
  • 327
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  • $18,296,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,924.9
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $275 helped María Carmenza to buy merchandise wholesale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 27, 2013
Dec 30, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 17, 2014