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Paula is married and has two school age children. They have their own house, which is located in the Sopocachi area of the city of La Paz.

She only attended elementary school. She currently earns income from her grocery store. She is requesting the loan to buy canned soft drinks in order to increase her income. It is the only income she has to cover her family’s expenses for food, education, and basic services.

She works 12 hours a day, and the little amount that she earns is not enough to increase her merchandise. Her husband works in Oruro moving bricks. Sometimes he sends money to cover an expense.

Paula’s dream is to expand her store. She also dreams of having a variety of products to improve her income. She wishes to be able to cover her children’s university expenses.

This is the first time she has requested a loan from IMPRO and Kiva.
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Paula es casada y tiene dos hijos que están en etapa escolar, tienen casa propia ubicada en la zona Sopocachi de la ciudad de La Paz.
Ella estudió solamente hasta la primaria y actualmente percibe ingresos de su tienda de abarrotes, es por eso que solicita el crédito para la compra de refrescos enlatados para incrementar sus ingresos ya que es la única que cubre los gastos de alimentación, educación y servicios básicos de su familia. Trabajando por más de doce horas al día y con lo poco que gana no le alcanza para aumentar su mercadería. Su esposo trabaja en Oruro trasladando ladrillos y alguna vez le envía dinero para cubrir algún gasto.
El sueño de Paula es ampliar su tienda y tener variedad en productos para mejorar sus ingresos y poder cubrir los gastos universitarios de sus hijos.
Es la primera vez que solicita crédito 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.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 156
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $32,187,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
A loan of $600 helped Paula to buy canned soft drinks, which her customers ask for a lot.
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 12, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 11, 2012