Levan is from the Vani district. He is 31 years old, single and lives with his mother who has chronic health problems and is provided with a relevant pension from the local government. Levan’s source of income is a small amount of rent from his store. As the existing income is not enough for the family, Levan decided to start a new business. In particular, he plans to finish the renovation of an additional store and rent it for a good price. Levan has requested a loan from local financial institutions several times for a business start-up, but without any success. His loan request was rejected each time because of his lack of experience in the new business, which is usually demanded by local credit providers. However, his loan request was approved under the framework of a new joint initiative between Kiva and Credo. The start-up loan program provides business start-up and re-startup credits with soft conditions to the country's rural poor who do not have access to credit products, for they are regarded as “high risk borrowers” because of their low income. With this loan, Levan will install doors and windows in his newly built store and renovate it properly so that it satisfies the personal needs of his clients. Levan hopes his business will be profitable and this will increase his income, providing his family with enough money to satisfy their daily needs and improve their living conditions.
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This loan is part of Credo's startup loan program targeting particularly vulnerable clients who live at the subsistence level and have been unable to obtain credit due to lack of income from an existing business. This program offers them a longer repayment term and an annual interest rate that is 5% lower than the standard interest rate. By funding this loan, you are supporting a program that gives borrowers a second chance to start and grow small businesses. This has the potential to alleviate the effects of poverty, significantly improving borrowers' incomes and their families' quality of life. Learn more about Credo's startup loan program on the Kiva Blog.
About LLC Micro Finance Organization Credo
LLC Credo (Credo) is a microfinance organization in Georgia that provides sustainable credit services to alleviate poverty in rural areas, including business loans, agriculture loans, household loans, crop insurance and more. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to help the organization expand its outreach to even more entrepreneurs, farmers and households in remote areas.