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Martin, 36, is married to Lourdes. They have three dependent children who currently attend public school because they don't have the resources to send them to a private school.

Martin only studied up to secondary school because his parents didn't have the money. This is why Martin started working in the tropics of the Chapare when he was very young. He met his wife there and they decided to come to the city, to the area of Chaupisuyu, Sacaba, Cochabamba, so their children could attend school.

Currently Martin has a cart with which he works from Monday through Sunday in urban transportation services.

The loan Martin has requested is to buy construction materials because he invested all his savings in building a house. He didn't have enough for the finishing touches. This way Martin can give his children a better quality of life with a welcoming home.
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El señor Martin tiene36 años, es casado con la señora Lourdes, tienen tres hijos que son dependientes, actualmente se encuentran estudiando en el nivel primario en una escuela fiscal, ya que no les alcanza los recursos económicos para poder hacerles estudiar en un colegio privado. El señor Martin estudio tan solo hasta nivel secundario, debido a que sus padres no tenían recursos, por lo cual el señor Martin empezó a trabajar en el trópico del Chapare desde muy joven, ahí se conoció con su esposa y decidieron venirse a la ciudad a la zona de Chaupisuyu - Sacaba - Cochabamba - Bolivia, para que sus hijos puedan estudiar. Actualmente el señor Martin tiene una vagoneta con la cual trabaja en el servicio de transporte urbano de lunes a domingo. El crédito solicitado por el señor Martin es para la compra de material de construcción, ya que invirtió todos sus ahorros en la construcción de una vivienda y le falto para la obra fina. De esta manera el señor Martin busca darles una mejor calidad de vida a sus hijos ofreciéndoles una vivienda acogedora.

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CIDRE is a Bolivian microfinance institution with a strong social commitment to the community. It works to provide quality financial services to rural and peri-urban borrowers, focusing primarily on agricultural loans for dairy farmers and micro-enterprises. CIDRE targets segments of the population that have not traditionally had access to credit, and invests in much-needed community development projects. It is currently working with coca farmers in the Chapare region to replace coca with less controversial crops. Get more involved by joining the Friends of CIDRE lending team.

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About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 140
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $33,316,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 6.9
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,450 helped Martin to build his house.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 4, 2013
May 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 17, 2014