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Florencia lives in her own house with her husband and her youngest son in the Plan Autopista neighborhood of the Vizcacha area in the city of La Paz. She works making shawls out of her home. She doesn't work alone, but rather there is a woman who knits and makes the finished product with fringe, trimmings, etc. in addition to making the yarn by spinning the vicuña wool (an animal similar to the llama or alpaca). The loan that she is requesting will be used to buy material so she will be able to make shawls in greater quantities.

Because of her previous history (with IMPRO) she can request a new loan, as she is considered a preferential client. She has been a client of IMPRO since 2005.

Translated from Spanish by Kim Baker, Kiva volunteer.

La señora Florencia vive en casa propia con su esposo y su hijo menor en el plan autopista de la zona Vizcacha ni de La Ciudad de La Paz; se dedica a la confección de mantas en su domicilio , pero en la elaboración de las mismas ella no trabaja sola, hay una señora que teje y ella realiza el terminado de la misma con flecos, trencillas etc. además de haber hilado la lana de vicuña. El crédito que solicita es para compra de material y poder elaborar mantas en mayor cantidad.

Por su antecedente Histórico puede acceder a un nuevo crédito, ya que se considera cliente preferencial. Es cliente de IMPRO desde el año 2005.

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
  • 145
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,366,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.6
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Florencia purchase materials to make shawls.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 23, 2007
Dec 9, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2009