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Evelyn is a single mother, and she has one little child. She lives in her parents’ house, occupying only one room. The house is in the Bajo San Antonio area of the city of La Paz.

She currently works for over ten hours a day making empanadas. She sells them at the doorstep to her house. With what she earns she needs to cover the expenses for food, services, and supporting her child.

She needs the loan to increase her capital for making empanadas. She will buy flour and other products wholesale. That way she will decrease her costs because she wants to improve her income. With this income she will also help her elderly mother.

Evelyn’s dream is to have a store in which to sell her products. She now sells from a little table at the doorstep to her house, and she deals with the changes in the weather.

This is the first time that she has worked with IMPRO and the first time with Kiva.
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Evelyn, es madre soltera, tiene un hijo pequeño, vive en la casa de sus padres ocupando solo una habitación, la casa se encuentra ubicada en la zona bajo San Antonio de la ciudad de La Paz.
Actualmente trabaja por más de diez horas elaborando empanadas para venderlas en la puerta de su casa ya que con lo que gana debe cubrir los gastos de alimentación, pago de servicios y manutención de su hijo.
El crédito lo requiere para aumentar su capital en la elaboración de empanadas, comprando harina y otros productos al por mayor y así disminuir sus costos, ya que desea mejorar sus ingresos, ya que con estos ingresos también ayuda a su madre que es mayor de edad.
El sueño de Evelyn, es tener una tienda para ofrecer más productos ya que actualmente vende sobre una mesita en la puerta de su casa, soportando los cambios de clima.
Es la primera vez que trabaja junto a IMPRO y la primera con 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
  • $32,237,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Evelyn to buy flour and other wholesale products in order to continue with her business of making empanadas.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 7, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 18, 2014