Elva sells children’s toys at schools and in the city. She will use the loan to repair part of her house (it needs new paint and some interior repairs). Her husband is a pensioned retiree. These two activities are their sources of income to meet family expenses.
She lives in her own house located in El Alto’s Río Seco zone. She’s married and has six children.
La señora Elva se dedica a la comercialización de juegos para niños y vende en los colegios de la ciudad;el crédito lo utilizará para refaccionar parte de su casa (necesita nueva pintura y arreglos interiores); su esposo es rentista jubilado; estas dos actividades son la fuente de ingresos que tiene para cubrir los gastos familiares; vive en casa propia ubicada en al zona de Rió Seco de la ciudad de El Alto, es casada y tiene seis hijos.
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.