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Tomasa lives on Manuela Gutierrez Street in the Tahunatinsuyo area of the city of El Alto. She lives with her husband who works as a miner in a mine near the city. She has a three-year-old son. She works selling potatoes and tunta (tunta is a derivative of potato, which has a different flavor and color) in different markets around the city. This loan will be used to purchase construction materials, such as calamine for the roof, stucco, etc., with which she can improve her home. This is her first loan with Impro; an evaluation determined her eligible for credit.
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Tomasa vive en la calle Manuela Gutierrez de la zona Tahuantinsuyo de la ciudad de El Alto.

Vive junto a su esposo el cual trabaja como minero en una mina cercana a la ciudad, tiene un pequeño hijo de tres años de edad.

Se dedica al comercio de papa y tunta (tunta es un derivado de la papa, que tiene diferente sabor y color), los cuales vende en las diferentes ferias de la ciudad.

El crédito lo destinará a la compra de materiales de construcción, como ser calamina para el techo, estuco y otros y así realizar mejoras en la habitación que ocupa de vivienda.

Es el primer crédito con Impro, la evaluación realizada lo califica para otorgar el crédito.

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
  • 109
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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 $150 helped Tomasa purchase construction materials for home improvements.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 10, 2009
Mar 5, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2010