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Sharon has two children. She lives in the family home occupying one bedroom with brick walls and dirt floor; the house is located in the city of La Paz’s Valle Hermoso zone. Sharon works independently weaving traditional fabrics. This is her only source of income and she works more than 8 hours daily to cover her family’s food, utility and clothing costs. She needs the loan to buy raw materials like fabric, yarn, ribbons and other supplies she needs to do her work. Sharon’s dream is to make the business grow and to have a workshop; she also wants to improve her income and quality of life. This is her first time with IMPRO and with KIVA.
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La señora Sharon tiene dos hijos, vive en casa de un familiar ocupando una habitación con un acabado de ladrillo y piso de tierra, la casa esta ubicada en la zona de valle hermoso de la ciudad de La Paz.

Sharon trabaja de forma independiente realizando tejidos de mantas de cholita, ya es su único ingreso económico trabaja por más de ocho horas al día, para cubrir los gastos de alimentación, servicios básicos, vestimenta de su familia.

El crédito lo requiere para la compra de materia prima, como ser: telas, lanas, cintas y otros materiales con los que ella pueda trabajar.

El sueño de Sharon es hacer crecer su negocio y además tener un taller, como también mejorar sus ingresos, y calidad de vida.

Es la primera vez con IMPRO y la primera con 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 $700 helped Sharon to buy knitting supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 17, 2014