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Eva lives with her husband and children on Buenos Aires Avenue in the San Martin area of La Paz. Her husband drives a bus, and Eva makes homemade sweets, which are used in "sahumerios y challas." This refers to the religious practice of making offerings to Mother Earth in order to protect people's belongings (e.g. their houses or land). She has earned her living from this business for many years.

Eva will use the requested loan to purchase ingredients and materials in bulk so that she can continue to make these sweets. The prices of these goods are increasing every day, due to the inflation that currently afflicts Bolivia.

Because of her good credit record, Eva has been approved for a new loan. Eva paid back her first Kiva loan in full.

Translated by Cynthia McMurry, Kiva volunteer

La señora Eva vive con su esposo e hijos en la Av. Buenos Aires de la zona de San Martín de la ciudad de La Paz; el esposo trabaja con un micro y Eva realiza la actividad de la elaboración de dulces artesanales que se utilizan en sahumerios y challas (son nombres que se dan a la creencia religiosa de pagar a la Madre Tierra para que ayude a que no pase nada malo con las pertenencias de las personas, como sus tierras, sus casas, etc.), negocio con el cual genera sus ingresos desde hace mucho tiempo.

El crédito que solicita es para comprar material e insumos en mayor cantidad para seguir elaborando estos dulces, pues los precios de dichos insumos están subiendo cada día más debido a la inflación que acosa nuestro país.

Por su antecedente histórico, Eva califica para acceder a un nuevo crédito. Eva obtuvo un anterior crédito vía Kiva, el cual está pagado en su totalidad.

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
  • 124
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,246,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.6
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Eva to purchase raw materials and ingredients to make homemade sweets, which will be sold for use in religious ceremonies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 10, 2008
Mar 26, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 10, 2008