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Luiza is 54 years old, single, and lives in Khobi district with her sister. Several times, Luiza has requested loans from local financial institutions for her trading business start-up, but without any success. Her loan requests were rejected each time because of her low income and poor living conditions.

The only source of income for Luiza is a small monthly refugee pension from the local government. Besides, the family grows maize on the family-owned land and seasonally sells it. The sisters have 35 hens and sell, on average, 100 eggs per month.

Luiza has requested a loan from Credo to start a clothing sales business. Her loan request was approved in the framework of a new joint initiative between Kiva and Credo. The start-up loan program envisages the provision of business start-up and re-startup credits on reasonable terms for the country's rural poor who do not have access to credit products because they are regarded as “high risk borrowers,” due to their low income.

Luiza will purchase clothes at wholesale prices and resell them in her village for a profit. It will be hard work for Luiza but, according to estimates, her business will be profitable and will increase her income. The increased profit will be reinvested in her clothing trading business, to increase her stock and sales volume. Luiza will be able to increase her spending to satisfy her daily needs and improve her 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.

About Georgia

  • $6,100
    Average annual income
  • 37
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    Georgia Loans Fundraising
  • $8,073,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1.7
    Georgia Lari (GEL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Luiza to purchase clothing for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 28, 2012
Jan 3, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 17, 2014