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Mariette has a pension (small restaurant) where she sells food (lunch at midday and at night grilled meat and silpancho, a Bolivian dish with meat, rice and potatoes). Her husband is a driver and they have two school-aged children.

This credit will be used to buy tables and chairs for the implementation of the business, as the business has the space to attend to customers, but does not have furniture. The loan will be a great help and will increase her income and improve her quality of life. Her home is located in the Villa San Antonio Bajo neighborhood in the city of La Paz.

This is the fifth time that she has requested a loan and the second time that she has needed Kiva’s help. Her history qualifies her for the loan, as she has paid back what she has borrowed in the past.

Translated from Spanish by Laura Westin, Kiva volunteer.

Mariette tiene una pensión (pequeño restaurant) donde vende comida ( almuerzo a medio día y por las noches silpancho y asado) y su esposo es chofer, tiene dos hijos en edad escolar.

El crédito será destinado para la compra de mesas y sillas para la implementación en el negocio ya que cuenta con espacio para la atención de comida pero no cuenta con muebles, por lo cual será de gran ayuda este crédito ya que aumentara su nivel de ingresos mejorando su calidad de vida.
Su domicilio se encuentra ubicado en la zona de Villa san Antonio Bajo de la ciudad de La Paz.

Es la quinta vez que solicita un crédito, y la segunda vez que requiere la ayuda de Kiva su historial lo califica como cliente 1 es decir con cumplimiento bueno en el pago de su obligación.

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
  • 138
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $32,164,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.0
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Mariette buy tables and chairs for her restaurant.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 26, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2009