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Marcelino works making cholita shoes (peasant women are called cholitas), and also works as a driver. He is asking for this loan to purchase materials like soles, rubber, tacks, imitation leather, and other materials to continue his business making shoes.

Marcelino lives in his own home, located in the Bajo Tacagua area of the city of La Paz. He is married and has two children, and the oldest is married. He has been a client since 2006.
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El señor Marcelino se dedica a la elaboración de zapatos de cholita (se llama cholita a la campesina de pollera) y también trabaja como chofer. El crédito lo requiere para la compra de materia prima como ser: plantas de zapato, goma, clefa, tachuelas, cuerina y demás insumos para continuar con su negocio de fabricación de calzados. Marcelino vive en casa propia la misma queda ubicada en la zona de Bajo Tacagua en la ciudad de La Paz; es casado y tiene dos hijos pero el mayor ya es casado. Es cliente nuestro desde el año 2006.

Additional Information


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.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 138
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $32,164,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Marcelino to purchase soles, rubber, imitation leather, and other materials to make shoes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2013