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Maria is 42 years old, and she is getting married to a man who is working for the government. She has two children, both in school.

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 flour, oil, soap, and vegetables. She opened her kiosk in 2008.

She wants to open a big store in the future.

Additional Information

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
  • 91
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    Timor-Leste Loans Fundraising
  • $2,222,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Maria to buy flour, oil, soap, and vegetables for her kiosk.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 9, 2012
Aug 23, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2013