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Catalina V.
Catalina and her husband are shoemakers who sell their goods at craft markets in La Paz and El Alto. Their workshop is located in the Tembladerani neighborhood in La Paz. They have six children and live in the May 1st nighborhood of El Alto. This loan will help them buy raw materials such as leather so they can increase production to keep up with demand. This is their first loan, but our evaluation qualifies them for credit, which will help them increase their income and repay the loan.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alexis Hult

Catalina y su esposo son artesanos en cuero, fabrican calzados, los mismos que comercializa en ferias populares de la ciudad de La Paz y EL Alto. El taller de trabajo se halla ubicado en la Zona de Tembladerani de la ciudad de La Paz.

Tienen 6 hijos y viven en la zona 1ro de Mayo de la Ciudad de El Alto.

El destino del crédito es comprar materia prima (cuero) para incrementar su producción y satisfacer la cantidad de demanda que existe en su mercado.

Es su primer crédito, la evaluación certifica y califica para poder otorgarles el crédito, que servirá para que incrementen sus ingresos y cumplir con sus obligaciones.

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.

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  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 124
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  • $34,682,725
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Catalina V. working capital.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 14, 2007
Apr 29, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2008