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Carmen sells groceries. She has two children. Her husband is a minibus driver. They live in their own house located in the Cotahuma area of the city of La Paz.

The loan she is applying for will be used for the purchase of GNV (vehicular natural gas) equipment for converting her husband’s minibus from running on gasoline to gas in order to reduce the cost of operating the vehicle, since natural gas is cheaper than gasoline. In this way they will be able to increase their income.

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Carmen, es comerciante de abarrotes tiene dos hijos, el esposo es transportista y viven en casa propia ubicada en la Zona de Cotahuma de la ciudad de La Paz.
El crédito que solicita será destinado a la compra de un equipo GNV (Gas natural vehicular) para la transformación de la movilidad de su esposo de Gasolina a Gas, para disminuir el costo de operaciones del vehiculo, pues el gas natural es más barato que la gasolina. De esta manera ellos podrán incrementar sus ingresos.

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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
  • 128
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  • $36,246,475
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Carmen the cost of converting her husband's public transport vehicle from running on gasoline to natural gas.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 9, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2012