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Alfonsa lives in her own home on Heroes Avenue at number 229 in the zone Pasankeri, in the city La Paz. Her husband is a metal worker and they live with their two children. She began to work as a seamstress a while ago, making "polleras;" skirts that are worn by the countrywomen in her country and are very eye-catching because of their bright colors. Because Alfonsa had a high demand from her customers, she also began to make coats from llama wool and has seen much success, so much so that she is applying for this loan in order to purchase more material-namely llama wool-so that she can continue to meet demand. Her previous history with Impro and the growth of her business make her an excellent candidate to recieve a new loan.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva Volunteer, Kristin Connor.

Alfonsa vive en casa propia en la Av. Héroes del chaco Nº 229 de la zona de Pasankeri en la ciudad de La Paz; el esposo trabaja de albañil y viven con sus dos hijos. Desde hace tiempo se dedica a la confección de centros de pollera y polleras (polleras son especie de faldas que usan las campesinas en nuestro país, son muy vistosas por sus colores llamativos).

Debido a que tiene bastante demanda de sus clientes, Alfonsa empezó a confeccionar mantas de vicuña y ha tenido mucho éxito en este negocio, de tal manera que el crédito que solicita ahora es para comprar material – lana de vicuña - y poder seguir satisfaciendo las necesidades de sus clientes.

Su antecedente histórico con Impro y el crecimiento de su negocio la califican como cliente preferencial y puede acceder un nuevo crédito.

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
  • 122
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  • $34,670,400
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $250 helped Alfonsa to purchase llama wool.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 9, 2007
Jun 25, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 9, 2008