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Lucy is married and has eight grown children, seven daughters and one son. She lives in a house with two spaces set aside for the bedroom and the kitchen. The rooms are made of adobe and have dirt floors. Her house is located in the July 16th District in the city of El Alto, where fairs are held every Thursday and Sunday.

At the moment, Lucy buys and sells plush toys of different sizes from the patio of her house that is being used as a garage. The house belongs to her parents and is located near the fair in the July 16th District, where there are cobblestone streets that are currently undergoing repairs. Lucy works on Thursdays and Sundays. Her husband works as a driver in La Paz and both of them help one another with the cost of basic services, food, and clothing.

The loan she is requesting will be used to increase her capital for buying a large quantity of plush toys. She wants to have a wide variety of inventory so that she can improve her earnings. Lucy’s dream is to have a decent amount of merchandise on hand so that she can have more income and improve her quality of life.

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

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Lucy es casada y tiene ocho hijos; siete mujeres y un varón, que son mayores de edad, viven en la misma casa donde cuenta con dos ambiente donde se encuentra el dormitorio y la cocina, la habitación es de adobe y el piso de tierra, la casa se encuentra ubicada en la zona 16 de julio de la ciudad de El Alto , donde se realizan ferias cada jueves y domingo.
Actualmente se dedica a la compra y venta de peluches de distintos tamaños, y que el patio de su casa lo utilizan de garaje, la casa pertenece a sus padres; en la feria de la zona 16 de julio las calles son adoquinadas y actualmente siguen refaccionando, ella trabaja los días jueves y domingo de cada semana. El esposo es transportista trabaja en el interior de La Paz y ambos colaboran en el pago de los servicios, comida, vestimenta.
El crédito lo requiere para aumento de capital para comprar mayor cantidad de peluches, ya que desea tener más cantidad y variedad y así mejorar sus ingresos.
El sueño de Lucy es poder tener un buen capital en mercaderías y así tener mejor ingresos y mejorar su calidad de vida.
Es la primera vez que solicita crédito junto a IMPRO Y 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 Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 109
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,698,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
A loan of $1,200 helped Lucy to buy a large quantity of plush toys.
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 29, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 13, 2012