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Elena Petrona
Elena is 37 years old and has five children, ages 1, 3, 10, 13 and 18. She sells petticoats and skirts for women in various markets in the city of La Paz, Bolivia. This is her first loan with Kiva partner Emprender.

Elena will use this loan to purchase a computer for her children. Her oldest has already graduated from high school and needs the computer for his university studies. The loan will be very useful in paying for personal expenses as well. If there are any remaining funds, they will be used to buy clothing to stock her stall.

Elena faces challenges in her business that include maintaining sufficient inventory. Elena is a very hardworking person who is happy for this opportunity; her business is the only activity that allows her to support her family.
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La Sra. Elena tiene 37 años, casada con 5 hijos que tienen las edades de 1, 3, 10, 13 y 18 años, ella se dedica a la venta de enaguas y polleras para mujeres de polleras, ella vende en distintas ferias de la ciudad de La Paz, este préstamo es su primera secuencia dentro la institución, La Sra. Elena va a usar este préstamo para la compra de una computadora para sus hijos ya que el mayor salió ya de colegio y necesita para sus estudios universitarios y el dinero le será de gran utilidad, ya que lo utilizara en gastos personales y si tiene un saldo lo utilizara en la compra de ropa para surtir su puesto de venta, La Sra. Elena enfrenta retos en su negocio que son surtir su mercadería, La Sra. Elena es una persona muy trabajadora se siente feliz por la oportunidad brindada ya que esta es la única actividad que le permite mantener a su familia.

Additional Information

About Emprender

Emprender has been working in Bolivia since 1999. It is dedicated to becoming a key tool in the development of its clients and the improvement of their quality of life. Operating in three of Bolivia’s major cities – La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz – Emprender offers both urban and rural clients the opportunity to obtain financial products tailored to fit their needs and businesses. These products include housing loans, salary loans, “opportunity” (short-term) loans, and higher education loans. To better the quality of life for its clients and non-clients through non-financial services, Emprender offers free medical consultations and health classes given by trained doctors.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 151
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,651,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 6.9
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $825 helped Elena Petrona to buy a computer for her son.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 13, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2014