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Sra. Rufina sells food, particularly fish soup, while her husband works as a masonry assistant. Both of these combined activities are the source of income by which they have to maintain their family. Rufina needs this loan to buy potatoes, “chuño” (freeze-dried potatoes), and fish since these are the main ingredients used in preparing her fish soup. She is married and has no children. Rufina lives in her own home in the District of San Martin in the city of La Paz.

This is the first time she has requested a loan from IMPRO and through Kiva.

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La señora Rufina se dedica a la venta de comida específicamente sopa de pescado y su esposo trabaja como ayudante de albañil. Ambas activididades combinadas son la fuente de ingresos que tienen para mantener a su familia. El crédito lo necesita para la compra de papa, chuño y pescado, que son los ingredientes principales para su sopa de pescado. Es casada y no tiene hijos; vive en casa propia ubicada en la zona de las San Martin de la ciudad de La Paz. Es la primera vez que solicita un crédito en IMPRO y a través de Kiva.

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
  • 153
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $32,219,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Rufina to buy potatoes, “chuño” (freeze-dried potatoes), and fish.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
5 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 9, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2011