A loan of $800 helped to pay maintenance costs for his transportation vehicle.


Simon's story

Simón is married and has a son; he lives in a one-bedroom, rented house with adobe walls and dirt floor; the walls are semi-plastered with stucco and are wire-mesh reinforced. The house is located in the city of La Paz’s Pasankeri zone.

Simón studied up to high-school and currently works as a driver providing syndicated public transportation services for more than 8 hours daily; he has three years’ experience. His wife had a baby five months ago and isn’t working for now. Simón therefore covers all food, clothing and medical expenses for his family since they have no medical insurance.

He needs the loan to service his vehicle which is his only source of income. Service and labor costs are quite high which is why he needs this service. Simón’s dream is to live in a house in the ‘anticrético’ [transaction whereby a property owner requests a "loan" from you in exchange for housing, which must be paid back to you at the end of your contract. If your loan is not repaid, the property owner could lose the property to you] modality to improve his quality of life and provide more comfort for his family. This is his first loan request to IMPRO and KIVA.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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