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Elizabeth lives in her parents’ cement-floored, brick home in the Santa Rosa area of the city of El Alto. She has a job sewing polleras (traditional embroidered skirts).

Elizabeth needs this loan to buy supplies; she will buy fabric, thread, and other items to decorate more polleras and, in this way, improve her income and quality of life.

Elizabeth’s dream is to be able to have a workshop, because right now she can only work in her own bedroom.
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Elizabeth vive en casa de sus padres en un acabado de ladrillo y piso de cemento en la zona de Santa Rosa de la ciudad de El Alto. El oficio que desempeña es de costurera de polleras.
Elizabeth necesita el crédito para la compra de materia prima; comprará tela, hilos y otros insumos para elaborar más polleras y de esta madera mejorar sus ingresos y calidad de vida.
El sueño de Elizabeth es poder tener un taller ya que actualmente solo trabaja en su misma habitacion.

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
  • 153
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,669,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 6.9
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Elizabeth to buy fabric, thread, and other items to increase her production of polleras (traditional embroidered skirts).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 20, 2013
Jan 15, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 17, 2015