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Helen loves cooking and that is why she commercialized her culinary skill by owning a restaurant. She makes mouthwatering Nigerian foods like amala (yam porridge) and fufu (dumplings made of cassava, yam, plantain, or rice) that are served with stews and soups including ewedu (jute leaves), egusi (melon seed), or ogbolo (dika nut). She has been in this business for a long time.

Helen is 38 years old and married with 4 children. Her husband is a musician. All her children are in school. Helen hopes for a loan of N90,000 to purchase more foodstuffs to cook and sell. She says thanks to all lenders.

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The Kiva Field Partner in Nigeria who administers this loan is called the Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO). Kiva’s Staff wants to call your attention to the fact that LAPO is the subject of controversy. While all Kiva Field Partners charge an interest rate on loans to sustainably operate, LAPO’s interest rates (see their “Portfolio Yield”) and profitability (see their “Return on Assets”) are amongst the highest on Kiva. Kiva’s Staff encourages you to learn more about this Nigerian Field Partner before making this loan.

About Nigeria

  • $6,100
    Average annual income
  • 21
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    Nigeria Loans Fundraising
  • $6,000,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 152.6
    Nigeria Nairas (NGN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Helen to purchase more foodstuffs to cook and sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 4, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 26, 2010