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Tomas is a maker of dental prostheses and a single father, who lives with his daughter in a rental house [under an 'anticretico' contract] in the Cemetery zone of La Paz city. He works more than 8 hours per day, since this is his only source of income for the family.

Tomas needs a loan to purchase materials to replace amalgam fillings that contain mercury, because this is harmful to health and, in addition, amalgam fillings are a non-industrial source of contamination due to their mercury, which also is considered a micro-environmental problem.

Tomas' dream is for his daughter to finish her studies and have her own house.
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Tomás es protesista dental (elabora prótesis dentales) y padre soltero, vive con su hija en anticrético en la zona del Cementerio de la ciudad de La Paz. Trabaja por más de ocho horas al día ya que es el único sustento de su familia.
Tomás requiere el crédito para la compra de materiales que reemplazen los empastes de amalgama que contienen mercurio ya que este es muy dañino para la salud y además los empastes de amalgama son una fuente no industrial de contaminación por mercurio que se considera un problema micro ambiental.
El sueño de Tomás es que su hija termine sus estudios y tener casa propia.

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This loan is for Bolivian entrepreneurs who follow cleaner production principles in their work, including waste reduction and environmental protection. By supporting this loan, you are promoting economic activities that are environmentally friendly but that also maximize productivity to help borrowers boost their incomes.


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.

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  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 124
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  • $36,246,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Tomás to purchase materials to replace ampules of amalgum that contains mercury, which is dangerous for patients' health.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 20, 2013
May 8, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 24, 2014