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Policarpio raises cattle to produce milk that he sells to Pil Andina (an industrial milk plant). He lives in his own house with his wife and their children in the community of Chiaruyo, in the Laja district of Los Andes province in the department of La Paz. This is 3 hours from the city of La Paz. Poliarpio has a number of head of an improved breed of cattle who need a lot of care, given the area's weather conditions.

Policarpio needs a loan to buy supplementary feed. This way, he can improve the nutritional status of his cows and their milk production. This feed contains soy husks, a by-product of industrial soy production which is very bulky. It has a high carbohydrate content (75%) and soluble sugars (2%). In the highlands, there is a shortage of available protein, mainly during the dry season (from June through November). This is why it is important to supplement the feed with soybean husks, which provide protein for the cattle.

By purchasing supplementary feed, it mitigates the pressure to expand more land into fodder areas.

Policarpio's dream is to increase his herd of cattle, while maintaining their good health.

This is the third time that he has requested a loan with IMPRO, and the first time with KIVA.
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Policarpio se dedica a la cria de ganado vacuno para la producción de leche la cual vende a Pil Andina (Planta Industrializadora de Leche) El vive con su esposa y sus hijos, en su casa propia ubicada en la comunidad de CHIARUYO, del Sector LAJA de La provincia Los Andes del Departamento de La Paz a tres horas de distancia de la ciudad de La Paz cuenta con varias cabezas de ganado de raza mejorada las cuales requieren mejor cuidado dada las condiciones climatológicas del sector

Requiere crédito para comprar alimento suplementario, asi podrá mejorar la nutrición de su ganado y su producción lechera por las siguientes características de la cascarilla de SOYA, es un subproducto del procesamiento industrial de soya y muy voluminoso.
Tiene un alto contenido de carbohidratos (75%) y azúcares solubles (2%).
En el altiplano existe déficit en la disponibilidad de proteína, principalmente en la época de estiaje (meses de junio a noviembre), razón por el cual es importante suplementar con cascarilla de soya como fuente de proteína para el ganado.
Con la compra de alimentos suplementarios se mitiga en la presión de ampliar más áreas de producción de forrajes

El sueño de Policarpio es incrementar sus cabezas de ganado, precautelando la buena salud de ellos.

Es la tercera vez que solicita crédito junto a IMPRO y la primera vez con KIVA.

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This loan is for Bolivian entrepreneurs who follow cleaner production principles in their work, including waste reduction and environmental protection. By supporting this loan, you are promoting economic activities that are environmentally friendly but that also maximize productivity to help borrowers boost their incomes.


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.

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  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 231
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  • $31,578,625
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $2,500 helped Policarpio to buy supplemental feed for his cattle.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 28, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2015