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Alicia, age 27, lives in tropical Cochabamba in Entre Ríos. She is a single mother, and she currently sells seasonal fruit. She came to the tropics from another community where there was too much poverty. She came looking for a greater opportunity to work and a better standard of living for herself and her young daughter. In the past seasons her community was affected by the rivers flooding, and it affected her crops. She barely managed to survive.

She says that when she came she brought a few clothes. In the first few years after she came she helped carry seasonal fruit and take it to the city of Santa Cruz to sell. She still was not able to find secure work.

Little by little she was learning the business of selling fruit in order to later enter this field. She works very hard to get her child ahead and so that her child will lack nothing in the future.

As time passed she was saving little by little. She bought an urban lot, and she made a small room where she currently lives.

She is now requesting a loan for working capital. She will use the loan to buy more fruit in order to continue growing. This way she will overcome this very poor situation in which she lives. Later she wants to improve her house. To do so she needs to increase her income. With the loan she will be able to increase her income.
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La señora Alicia, tiene 27 Años, vive en el trópico de Cochabamba en la localidad de entre ríos, es madre soltera, actualmente se dedica al comercio de fruta de temporada.
La señora vino al trópico, de otra comunidad donde hay demasiada pobreza, buscando mayor oportunidad de trabajo y un mejor nivel de vida para ella y para su pequeña hija, porque en su comunidad en los últimos tiempos afecto el desborde de los ríos y afecto a sus cultivos, apenas alcanzaba para sobrevivir.
Cuando llegó indica, que se vino con unas cuantas ropas, en los primeros años que vino ayudaba a cargar fruta de temporada y llevaban a la ciudad de santa cruz, para su comercialización, aun no podía encontrar un trabajo seguro, poco a poco fue aprendiendo el negocio del comercio de fruta, para posteriormente dedicarse a este rubro, trabaja muy duro para sacar adelante a su hijo y que no le falte nada en un futuro.
Con el transcurso del tiempo fue ahorrando poco a poco y fue comprándose un lote urbano y se hizo una pequeña habitación donde actualmente vive, ahora la clienta solicita el crédito para capital de operación y con ello comprar más fruta, para seguir creciendo y de esa manera sobresalir de esta situación tan pobre que vive, y posteriormente quiere mejorar su vivienda, para lo cual necesita incrementar su ingresos, y con el crédito podrá incrementar sus ingresos.

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CIDRE is a Bolivian microfinance institution with a strong social commitment to the community. It works to provide quality financial services to rural and peri-urban borrowers, focusing primarily on agricultural loans for dairy farmers and micro-enterprises. CIDRE targets segments of the population that have not traditionally had access to credit, and invests in much-needed community development projects. It is currently working with coca farmers in the Chapare region to replace coca with less controversial crops. Get more involved by joining the Friends of CIDRE lending team.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 138
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,342,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 6.9
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $1,500 helped Alicia to buy fruit.
81% repaid
Repayment Term
62 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 29, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss: