Dorotea is married and lives with her husband in a house they own in the Alto Chijini area of the city of La Paz. Currently she works for more than ten hours, as she sells traditional shoes at a market in the city of La Paz. She maintains her family with this business, as her husband doesn't work because he is older and can no longer hear.
The loan she is asking for is to increase her capital, to stock her shoes and to avoid losing customers, as this is her only source of income. This is the sixth time that she has asked for a loan at IMPRO, and the first time with KIVA.
Dorotea esta casada y vive con el esposo en casa propia en la zona de alto chijini de la ciudad de La Paz.
Actualmente trabaja por mas de diez horas ya que vende calzados de cholita en un lugar comercial de la ciudad de la Paz; con esta actividad ella mantiene a su familia ya que el esposo debido a su mayoría de edad y a que ya no escucha, no trabaja. El crédito que solicita es para aumentar su capital, y surtir sus calzados y no perder clientela ya que es su única fuente de ingresos.
Es la sexta vez que solicita crédito en IMPRO y la primera vez en KIVA.
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.