Ana owns a store where she sells fabric for 'polleras' (traditional skirts) and shawls. She also makes these items. She needs this loan to buy different colored fabrics in different designs. She rents from her aunt and uncle whose house is located in Villa Esperanza neighborhood, in the city of El Alto. She is a single mother and has two children.
La señora Ana tiene una tienda donde comercializa telas de polleras y mantas y también las confecciona. El crédito requiere para la compra de telas en diversos colores y diseños. Vive en alquiler en casa de sus tíos ubicada en la zona de Villa Esperanza de la ciudad de El Alto; es madre soltera y tiene dos 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.