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María is single and has two children who are high school students. They live in their own home which consists of only three small rooms. María resides in the District of Pampahasi in the city of La Paz. She currently generates income by selling clothes and jewelry. María works every day for more than 10 hours since this is her only source of income by which she can support her family. With what little she earns, María is able to pay for expenses such as food, education, and medical care since she does not have insurance. For this reason, she is requesting a loan in order to buy more clothing and jewelry, which will increase her earnings.

María dreams of building additional rooms so that she can provide greater comfort for her children and improve their quality of life. She also wants to improve her income so that she can pay for her children's education. This is the first time she has requested a loan form IMPRO and Kiva.

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María, es soltera y tiene dos hijos que estudian en secundaria, viven en casa propia y ocupan solo tres habitaciones pequeñas, la casa esta ubicada en la zona Pampahasi de la ciudad de La Paz.
Actualmente obtiene ingresos ya que se dedica a la venta de ropa y joyas todos los días y por más de diez horas ya que es la única fuente de ingresos que tiene para ayudar a su familia y con lo poco que gana debe cubrir los gastos de alimentación, educación y gastos médicos ya que no cuenta con ningún seguro. Es por eso que solicita el crédito para la compra de más ropa y joyas para aumentar sus ingresos
El sueño que tiene Maria, es construir más habitaciones para brindarles más comodidad a sus hijos, mejorar su calidad de vida y mejorar sus ingresos para poder pagar los estudios de sus hijos.
Es la primera vez que solicita el crédito con 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.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 237
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  • $31,592,725
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Maria to buy more clothing and jewelry to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 23, 2012
May 18, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2013