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María works as a teacher and she’s also a craftswoman. She needs the loan to buy building materials and supplies (stucco, paint, electrical sockets, etc.) because she will finish building her house in stages. She lives in her own house located in the city of La Paz’s Las Lomas zone. She’s married and has a son.

María has been an IMPRO client since 2006 and this is the third time her loan will be channeled through Kiva because of her excellent payment history and because the loan conditions improve when the loan is placed through Kiva lenders.
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La señora María, trabaja como profesora además de ser artesana. El crédito lo requiere para la compra de material de construcción (estuco, pinturas, enchufes para electricidad, etc.) ya que realizará el acabado de su casa que ha estado construyendo por fases. Vive en casa propia la misma queda ubicada en la zona de Las Lomas en la ciudad de La Paz, es casada y tiene un hijo. Maria es cliente de IMPRO desde el año 2006 y esta es la tercera vez que su crédito se canaliza a través de Kiva, por su excelente historial de pagos y las condiciones del crédito que mejoran cuando el crédito se coloca a través de los financiadores de Kiva.

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 Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 154
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,657,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Maria to buy stucco, paint and electrical sockets.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 18, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2012