Several times, Lali has requested loans from local credit providers for a family business start up, but her loan requests were always rejected because of the lack of experience in new business. Her current loan request was approved within the framework of a new joint initiative between Kiva and Credo. The start-up loan program envisages the provision of credit on soft conditions to business start-ups and re-startups for the country's rural poor, who do not have access to credit products, being regarded as “high risk borrowers” because of their low income.
With the received credit, Lali will start up a fast-food café. She will bake cakes and pies and sell them among the local people. She will pay for inventories such as tables, chairs and a lunch counter. Lali hopes her business will be profitable and that she will attract many customers since there is no similar café nearby. The profit will be reinvested in the same business and Lali will be able to improve the living conditions of her family.
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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 CredoLLC 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.
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