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Lidia lives in her own house in the Pasankeri neighborhood on the west side of La Paz, with her husband, Mr Francisco Pérez, and her 4-year-old son. Ms. Lidia works as a weaver in a nearby micro-business and her husband works in construction. She shares her house with her three brothers. Each of them occupy a single room, and there is only a single common bathroom.

The requested loan will be used to construct an additional bathroom (toilet and sink) on her own part of the lot, and this way improve her living standard. This is the third time that she is approved for a loan, and her loan history and credit analysis shown that she will be able to honor her repayment obligations.

Translated from Spanish by Ramón F. Kolb, Kiva Volunteer.

Lidia vive en casa propia en la zona de Pasankeri, ladera oeste de la Ciudad de La Paz con su esposo, el señor Francisco Pérez y su hijo de cuatro años. La señora Lidia trabaja como tejedora en una microempresa de su zona y el esposo es trabajador de la construcción.

La vivienda es compartida con sus tres hermanos y solo cuenta con una habitación para cada familiar y solo cuentan con un baño común.

El crédito solicitado es para construir un baño adicional (inodoro y lavamanos) en la parte del lote que le pertenece y así poder mejorar sus condiciones de vida. Esta es la tercera ocasión que accede a un crédito y sus antecedentes y el análisis crediticio demuestran que puede honrar sus obligaciones crediticias.

Additional Information


IMPRO is a small non-profit organization that has been offering micro credit to the working poor in the Bolivian cities of La Paz and El Alto since 1995. IMPRO’s goal is to fight poverty by offering loans to small business owners who cannot access credit through the regular banking system due to a lack of guarantees or collateral.

To ensure that everyone has access to credit, IMPRO maintains a low interest rate by minimizing operational costs. IMPRO’s partnership with Kiva, which began in 2007, has allowed IMPRO to expand its services while maintaining these low interest rates.

About Housing Loans

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About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 197
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  • $31,410,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $100 helped Lidya to construct an additional bathroom.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 8, 2007
Jun 24, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 28, 2007