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Roberto is 60 years old, and very dedicated to his work. Currently he is a ticket-taker for a line of minibus taxis. His salary is very low, and therefore his wife helps him bring in more income in order to maintain their home by selling food in the streets. He lives with his wife and his granddaughter. He has three children who live in Spain, they migrated there because of the poor situation in which they found themselves. One of Roberto's daughters had to leave her daughter with him and his wife (the child's grandparents) since the mother of the young child was not left any other option. Roberto hasn't received any news of his sons, nor of the mother of his granddaughter.

The young girl is now seven years old and they have to take her to school, pick her up, and give her the attention that she deserves, but because of the time and the location of work and the school, it is difficult to be able to do everything for their granddaughter, and therefore they need to have a home closer to work and school, since the grandparents of the child are too old to have these kinds of responsibilities. Therefore they are requesting a loan so that they can rent a home and change locations to a more public place closer to their business. Additionally they want to save more money for raising their little granddaughter, which is the reason for the grandparents' existence.

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El Sr. Roberto es una persona muy dedicada al trabajo tiene 60 años, actualmente realiza el servicio de control de tiqueo o (registro) de una línea de trúfis, su sueldo es muy bajo, por eso la esposa le ayuda a tener un ingreso más, ambulando por las calles para la venta de comida y poder mantener su hogar, es un señor que vive con sus esposa y su nieta, tiene tres hijos que viven en España ellos migraron por la mala situación en la que se encontraban ; una de sus hijas de don Roberto tuvo que dejar a su hija con él y su esposa (los abuelos de la niña) ya que no le quedaba otra opción a la madre de dicha nieta, actualmente no se tiene noticias de sus hijos de don Roberto y tampoco de la madre de su nieta; la niña que ahora tiene 7 años necesita que le lleven a la escuela, la recojan y le den la atención que se merece, pero por el tiempo, la ubicación del trabajo y la escuela se les hace dificultoso llegar realizar sus actividades para la nieta por lo tanto ellos necesitan tener un domicilio más cerca del trabajo y la escuela, ya que los abuelos de la niña tienen una edad avanzada para estar en ese tipo de responsabilidades por lo cual llegaron a solicitar un préstamo para que puedan acceder a un alquiler de vivienda y trasladarse de domicilio a un lugar más público y cerca de sus actividades, además que quieren ahorrar más dinero para la crianza de la nietita que es la razón de la existencia de los abuelitos.

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CIDRE is a Bolivian microfinance institution with a strong social commitment to the community. It works to provide quality financial services to rural and peri-urban borrowers, focusing primarily on agricultural loans for dairy farmers and micro-enterprises. CIDRE targets segments of the population that have not traditionally had access to credit, and invests in much-needed community development projects. It is currently working with coca farmers in the Chapare region to replace coca with less controversial crops. Get more involved by joining the Friends of CIDRE lending team.

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  • $5,500
    Average annual income
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Roberto rent payment for a new home.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 1, 2010
Nov 30, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 18, 2012