Mrs. Mary C. is 45 years old and is married with 7 children. She lives in Benin City, Nigeria where she sells cassava products. That means, she processes cassava into our local food called "satana" or "fufu" and sells it to people living in her community. She has been in this business since 1986 and is currently a LAPO member. She is requesting a loan of $800 to enable her to buy more cassava, which she will process into local food.
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. http://www.kiva.org/partners/20