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Cristina is 64 and married with three children. Two of them are grown up and married. The other is still dependent and in school. Cristina is married to Felix and they live in Villa Sebastian Pagador, a highly populated zone in the south of the city of Cochabamba. She earns her living selling sacks for carrying agricultural products like potatoes, corn, vegetables, and grains. She has a stand in La Pampa, a really big market where they sell all kinds of retail and wholesale products.

Cristina needs a loan to do work on her house, which she and her husband have worked to build little by little over the years. She wants to use her loan to add some stairs because there are two floor levels between rooms and she's improving two rooms because they're run down by the weather; the last three months have been very rainy.
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Cristina tiene 64 años de edad, casada, con tres hijos, dos son ya casados e independientes, uno dependiente estudiante todavía, está casada con felix, viven en Villa Sebastian Pagador, una zona al sud de la ciudad de Cochabamba, muy poblada. Se dedica a la comercialización de bolsas para carga de productos agrícolas como papa, maíz, verduras, granos; tiene un puesto en un mercado muy grande donde se venden toda clase de mercaderías por mayor y menor. Necesita el crédito para refacciones en su vivienda que ha construido poco a poco a través de los años y gracias al trabajo de ella y su esposo. Con el crédito quiere construir unas gradas en su vivienda porque tiene dos niveles en pisos entre habitaciones y está haciendo mejoras en dos habitaciones de la vivienda que ya requieren arreglos por estar muy deterioradas por el tiempo y clima de los tres últimos meses que han sido muy lluviosos.

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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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  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 163
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $33,362,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 6.9
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Cristina to add stairs to her house.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 7, 2013
May 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 17, 2014