A loan of $800 helped to buy more fabric and thread to finish an order for traditional clothing.


Antonia's story

Antonia is married and has a little son. She lives in three rooms in “anticretico” [a tenant pays a fixed sum upon renting a house instead of monthly rent, which is considered a loan to the property owner and is returned in full when the rental period is over]. The rooms have brick walls and dirt floors, and they are located in the Balivián zone in the city of El Alto.

Antonia only completed elementary school. She now gets income from making traditional clothing. She has contracts from musical groups and dance troupes. She works for over 12 hours a day because she needs to cover the food expenses and pay for her family’s basic services.

That is why she is requesting the loan to buy more fabric and thread. She will finish her contract because her customers pay her when she delivers all of the order.

Antonia’s dream is to have her own house and to have a shop in order to improve her income and her quality of life.

This is the first time she has requested a loan with IMPRO and Kiva.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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