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Lidia works knitting traditional shawls for women and her husband works as a brick layer in Beni state. With both jobs the couple is able to support their family. Their house is located in the Villa Ingenio (Rió Seco) zone of El Alto city. But Lidia rents, therefore she is asking for a loan to buy land and then they can build a home of their own.

This is their first loan with Impro, our evaluation gave encouraging results and therefore we approved their loan application.

Translated from Spanish by Cindy Kendall, Kiva Volunteer

Lidia trabaja tejiendo mantas D. cholitas, su esposo trabaja como albañil en el departamento D. Beni. Con ambas ocupaciones la pareja cubre la manutención D. su familia. El domicilio esta ubicado en la zona Villa Ingenio (Rió Seco) D. la ciudad D. El Alto. Pero Lidia es una inquilina, por eso solicita préstamo para comprar un terreno y posteriormente construir su vivienda añorada.

Este es su primer crédito con Impro, nuestra evaluación dio resultados alentadores y por eso aprobamos su solicitud D. préstamo.

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
  • 107
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,698,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Lidia purchase land to build a home.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 12, 2008
Aug 29, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 15, 2010