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Paulina is separated from her husband and has two children. They live at her mother's house where they occupy four rooms with adobe walls. The house is located in the District of Las Lomas in the city of La Paz.

She currently generates income by selling vegetables at the market for more than eight hours. This exposes her to the cold and the heat since she does not have an established location. As a result, she ends up selling from the sidewalk while sitting on the ground. Paulina is requesting a loan to buy potatoes, onions, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and other products in order to improve her earnings because she is the only one covering expenses such as food, basic utilities, and her children's studies. Paulina also does not have health insurance.

Her dream is to have an established vending post so that she can improve her income and provide for her children's education. They are currently in high school and want to enter the university. This is the second time she has worked with IMPRO and Kiva.

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Paulina, es separada y tiene dos hijos con los cuales vive en la casa de su madre ocupando cuatro habitaciones con pared de adobe, la casa esta ubicada en la zona Las Lomas de la ciudad de La Paz.
Actualmente percibe ingresos por la venta de más de ocho horas de verduras en el mercado, exponiéndose al frió o calor ya que no cuenta con un puesto fijo por que lo hace sentada encima de una acera en el piso, es por eso que solicita el crédito para comprar papas, cebollas, habas, lechuga, tomate, etc. Para mejorar sus ingresos ya que ella es la única que cubre los gastos de alimentación, servicios básicos y estudios para sus hijos ya que tampoco cuenta con un seguro médico.
El sueño de Paulina, es tener su puesto de venta fijo para mejorar sus ingresos y poder solventar los gastos de estudios para sus hijos ya que están en secundaria y desean entrar a la universidad.
Es la segunda vez que trabaja junto a IMPRO y 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.

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

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Paulina to buy potatoes, onions, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and other products.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 26, 2012
May 17, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2013