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Merlinda is a young woman who used to make a living by selling food, but she quit that activity since she was finishing her college studies to be a dental surgeon. After she stopped selling food, she purchased a minibus, and currently she and her husband, Santos, have two minibuses. Santos drives one of the minibuses, and the other is used for chaffeuring, for which Merlinda receives daily rent. Now their minibuses are used in the Sindicato Simon Bolivar, a very important and well known union in the city. Merlinda and Santos are very hardworking and responsible people. The credit that they are requesting is for the repair of the motor and purchase of a gearbox for one of the minibuses.

They are very appreciative of Emprender and Kiva for the confidence provided to them through this loan grant.
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La señora Merlinda es una persona joven que se dedicaba a la venta de comida pero dejó esta actividad ya que ella estaba terminado sus estudios de la universidad como odontóloga. Después de dejar la venta de comida compró un minibus y actualmente ella y su esposo, el señor Santos, tienen dos minibuses. Santos maneja uno de los minibuses y el otro trabaja con chofer, de este último Merlinda recibe una renta diara. Ahora los minibuses que ellos tienen trabajan en el Sindicato Simon Bolivar, un sindicato muy importante y reconocido en la ciudad. Merlinda y Santos son personas muy trabajadoras y responsables. El crédito que ellos solicitan es para la reparación del motor y compra de caja de cambios para uno de los minibuses.

Estan muy agradecidos con Emprender y kiva por la confianza brindada en la otorgacion del credito.

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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
  • 163
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $30,747,725
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.0
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Merlinda to repair the motor of and purchase a gearbox for their minibus.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 21, 2010
Mar 1, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2010