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Fatima is 27 years old, and she is married. She has three children; the eldest is in school. Her husband is a security guard.

She has a kiosk in front of her home to supply people in her village with basic goods. She will purchase additional supplies for her kiosk with the loan, including rice.

She started this business in 2004 with her own capital of $150. She wants to become rich in the future and send her children to get a good education.

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More information about this loan

This loan is part of TRM’s effort to reach microentrepreneurs in East Timor, a region suffering from a deeply underdeveloped financial sector. Since its independence in 2002, East Timor has struggled with internal tensions which led to the quasi disappearance of its financial system. As of 2012, TRM is one of only two MFIs operating in East Timor trying to respond to the needs of thousands of microentrepreneurs. This loan provides underserved borrowers with critical capital to sustain their existing businesses or to improve their living conditions. 

Information about TRM

Tuba Rai Metin (TRM) is a microfinance institution in East Timor, one of the smallest, newest and least developed countries in Southeast Asia. The organization provides credit, savings and micro-insurance services to more than 7,000 clients. Its goal is to extend its reach into even more remote regions through branchless banking services.

About Timor-Leste

  • $6,800
    Average annual income
  • 104
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    Timor-Leste Loans Fundraising
  • $2,195,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Fatima to buy rice and other supplies for her kiosk.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 9, 2012
Aug 23, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2013