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Teófilo is a master builder and lives with his children in his own house, which is made with bricks and a dirt floor, in the area of Bajo Llojeta in the city of La Paz. He works for more than eight hours per day, as this is his family's only livelihood.

Teófilo needs this loan to buy construction materials. He will buy bricks, cement, and iron to build a room onto his house, improving his quality of life and that of his children.

Teófilo's dream is to finish building his house.
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Teófilo es maestro albañil y vive con sus hijos en casa propia en un acabado de ladrillo y piso de tierra, en la zona de Bajo Llojeta de la ciudad de La Paz. Trabaja por más de ocho horas al día ya que es el único sustento de su familia.
Teófilo requiere el crédito para la compra de materiales de construcción: comprara ladrillos, cemento, fierros para construir una habitación más en su casa y de esta manera mejorara la calidad de vida de él y sus hijos.
El sueño de Teófilo es terminar de construir su casa.

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 Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 124
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $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 Teófilo to buy bricks, cement and iron to build another room onto his house and make his family more comfortable.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 30, 2013
May 8, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 24, 2014