Franciso is a tailor and he has a talior's shop. He needs the loan to buy a prosthetic that his wife needs. She prepares and sells french fries. These two activities are the main source of income that supports them. He lives in his mother-in-law's house in the Obispo Bosque area of La Paz.
El señor Francisco es sastre y tiene un taller de sastrería; el crédito lo requiere para comprar la prótesis que necesita su esposa, ella realiza papas fritas y las comercializa. Ambas actividades son su principal fuente de ingreso para su manutención. Vive en la casa de su suegra ubicada en la zona de Obispo Bosque en la ciudad de La Paz.
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.