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María is single and has no children. She lives in her own, two-room house with brick walls and dirt floor located in the city of La Paz’s Villa San Juan zone. She currently works more than 12 hours daily weaving baskets for flower shops because she must use what little she earns to cover basic food and utility costs. She needs the loan to increase capital to buy wicker used to make the baskets because she wants to increase her income and quality of life. María’s dream is to build her house to have more comfort and security. This is her first loan request to IMPRO and KIVA.
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María, es soltera y no tiene hijos, vive en casa propia ocupando solo dos habitaciones con paredes de ladrillo y el piso de tierra, la casa se encuentra ubicada en la zona Villa San Juan en la ciudad de La Paz.
Actualmente trabaja por más de doce horas tejiendo canastillas para las florerías, ya que con lo poco que gana debe cubrir los gastos de alimentación y pago de servicios básicos.
El crédito lo requiere para aumentar su capital y comprar el material mimbre utilizado en la elaboración de sus canastillas ya que desea mejorar sus ingresos y su calidad de vida.
El sueño de María, es construir su casa para tener más comodidad y seguridad.
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
  • 120
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $34,651,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Maria to buy wicker used to make baskets for flower shops.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 10, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2013