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María works selling stuffed toys in an ambulatory manner but also relies on income from her husband who works as a locksmith. She needs the loan to remodel a room in her house to provide more comfort for her family.

María is married and has two children. They live in her parents' house in the city of La Paz's Las Lomas zone.

This is the sixth time she's worked with IMPRO and the third with KIVA.
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Maria, se dedica a la venta de muñecos de peluches de forma ambulante pero también cuenta con los ingresos de su esposo ya que el trabaja como cerrajero.
El crédito lo requiere para la compra de ladrillo, estuco y pintura para la refacción de una habitación en su casa para dar más comodidad a su familia.
Maria, es casada y tiene dos hijos, viven en casa de sus padres en la zona Las Lomas de la ciudad de La Paz.
Es la sexta vez que trabaja junto a IMPRO y la tercera vez junto a 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
  • 125
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,246,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,500 helped Maria to purchase brick, stucco, and paint to refurbish a room in her home.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 25, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 17, 2013