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María's main business activity is hand knitting blankets from Ardilla yarn. She does all her work by hand. She does good-quality work as she has orders to fill. She also sells weekly. María lives with her husband and has a four-year-old son. At the time of our visit, she was found knitting a blanket. This activity is her main source of income.

On this occasion, María is requesting a loan to buy a plot of land in San Roque district. Over time, she would like to build on the plot so that she can live comfortably in her own home. This is María's wish. She feels happy and grateful for the opportunity that she is being given.
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El señora María tiene como actividad principal tejido de mantas de lana ardilla a mano todo el trabajo lo realiza de forma manual, realiza trabajos de buena calidad ya que tiene pedidos que entregar, también realiza la venta semanal, viven con su esposo, tiene un hijo de 4 años, el momento de la visita se encontraba tejiendo manta, esta actividad es su principal fuente de ingreso para ellos, en esta ocasión solicitan financiamiento para la compra de un lote de terreno en la zona de San Roque, hacer construir con el tiempo y para vivir bien en su casa propia. Ya que este es el deseo de la Sra. María, se siente feliz y agradecida por la oportunidad que le brindan.

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Emprender has been working in Bolivia since 1999. It is dedicated to becoming a key tool in the development of its clients and the improvement of their quality of life. Operating in three of Bolivia’s major cities – La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz – Emprender offers both urban and rural clients the opportunity to obtain financial products tailored to fit their needs and businesses. These products include housing loans, salary loans, “opportunity” (short-term) loans, and higher education loans. To better the quality of life for its clients and non-clients through non-financial services, Emprender offers free medical consultations and health classes given by trained doctors.

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About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 133
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,279,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Maria to buy a plot of land.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
18 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 8, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2013