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Placida is a seamstress. She makes traditional Andean skirts, fringed shawls, and underskirts for "Pollera" women (Pollera is a national costume).

She needs the loan to buy raw material like fabric for wadding, petticoats, and shawls.

Placida is a single mother, and she has six children. She lives in her own house in the Irpavi II zone of the city of La Paz.

This is the sixth time that she has worked together with Kiva, and it is the eighth time that she has requested a loan from Impro.
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La señora Placida es costurera y elabora polleras, mantas y centros para las señoras de pollera. El crédito lo requiere para compra de materia prima como ser telas para rellenos, para enaguas, para mantas. Placida es madre soltera y tiene seis hijos. Vive en casa propia ubicada en la zona de Irpavi II de la Ciudad de La Paz. Es la sexta vez que trabaja junto a kiva y la octava vez que solicita un crédito de Impro.

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
  • 107
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,698,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $250 helped Placida to buy fabric to make traditional Andean skirts, fringed shawls, and underskirts for "Pollera" women (Pollera is a national costume).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 22, 2011
Jan 5, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2012