Rebeca is the mother of two grown children, who have families of their own. She has been widowed for many years, and thanks to her hard work, she was able to provide for her family. Now she weaves alpaca wool blankets, which are prized for their quality. Alpacas live in the highlands.
Rebeca makes her merchandise to order, that is, customers give her the materials, which she weaves with sticks in her home. She lives in the town of Achacachi, two hours from La Paz, a medium-size city. She will use the loan to buy wool to make blankets to sell, thereby increasing her earnings and raising her standard of living.
REBECA es madre de dos hijos los cuales ya son mayores de edad y cuentan con su familia propia, ella quedo viuda hace muchos años gracias a su esfuerzo y trabajo saco a su familia adelante, actualmente se dedica al tejido de mantas de lana de alpaca, animal cuya lana es muy apreciada por su calidad que vive en el altiplano, el trabajo que realiza es por encargo es decir que le dan toda la materia prima y ella se encarga de tejer manualmente con palillos en su domicilio, vive en la población de Achacachi, a dos horas de distancia de la ciudad de La Paz considerada ya una ciudad intermedia.
El crédito requiere para comprar lana y asi poder confeccionar las mantas por cuenta propia mejorando sus ingresos y su calidad de vida.
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.