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Mario is a married father with 4 children and works in a marble and granite shop. He began this activity when he was young and it was then he shaped his abilities as a sculptor, engraver and builder of granite stone mosaics for floors and stairs. He made adaptations to kitchen and bathroom sinks in marble counters and made gravestones. He does whatever type of work that is brought to Cochabamba that requires marble or granite. He has worked independently for two years counting the years he worked as an assistant. With the help of his wife, he is now completely dedicated to his small business.

He lives in his family house that is well placed. His business is well recognized thanks to lots of demand. His customers are the same ones that recommended others to his business. In the future, he wishes he could have a stable business, buy his own car and see his children become professionals. He is a longstanding client of Emprender and is now an individual borrower at Emprender.

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Mario, esposo y padre de 4 niños, trabaja en una MARMOLERIA, actividad que la realiza desde que era joven, es allí donde forjo sus habilidades de escultor, tallador y fabricador de mosaicos de piedra granito para pisos y gradas. También realiza la adaptación de lavaplatos y lavamanos en mesones de mármol, realiza lapidas y cualquier tipo de trabajo que le sea requerido donde se utiliza el mármol o la piedra granito, que es traída de la ciudad de Cochabamba. Hace dos años que se independizo, actualmente cuenta con un ayudante y con la ayuda de su esposa que se han dedicado completamente a trabajar en su pequeña microempresa. Vive aun en una casa familiar que se encuentra bien ubicado, cuenta con mucha demanda ya que su trabajo es muy bien reconocido, puesto que sus mismos clientes son los que lo recomiendan con muchas otras personas. En Un futuro desea tener una empresa bien consolidada, comprarse su propio vehiculo y ver a sus hijos profesionales. Cliente antigüo en banco de emprendimiento, actualmente trabajando con crédito individual en nuestra institución.

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About Emprender

Emprender has been working in Bolivia since 1999. It is dedicated to becoming a key tool in the development of its clients and the improvement of their quality of life. Operating in three of Bolivia’s major cities – La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz – Emprender offers both urban and rural clients the opportunity to obtain financial products tailored to fit their needs and businesses. These products include housing loans, salary loans, “opportunity” (short-term) loans, and higher education loans. To better the quality of life for its clients and non-clients through non-financial services, Emprender offers free medical consultations and health classes given by trained doctors.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 130
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $33,230,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Mario buying raw materials, granite for counters.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 13, 2009
Dec 2, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2011