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Carmen is originally from Peru and has lived in the States for twenty years. A couple of years ago, Carmen realized how much she enjoyed child care when she began taking care of her grandchildren. From this experience, Carmen formally launched her own child care business--Nana's & Papa's nest--in 2010.

Carmen operates her business from her home in Virginia. She would like to apply for a new license to increase the number of children that can be under her care from five children to eight children. In order to do so, she must expand the physical amount of space of her day care center. Carmen’s house has an interior patio, which needs to be renovated in order to meet the requests of the County. Carmen takes pride in giving loving care to the children, as if they were her own grandchildren.

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This loan is part of the Kiva City D.C. initiative in partnership with LEDC (Latino Economic Development Center). Kiva City D.C. is a subset of Kiva City, a program that allows Kiva lenders to make microloans to small businesses in the United States with the help of community organizations and U.S. Field Partners.  

About Latino Economic Development Center:

Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is a community-based nonprofit that equips Latinos and other DC-area residents with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities. Participants in our programs learn how to buy and stay in their homes, join with their neighbors to keep their rental housing affordable, and start or expand small businesses.

Kiva lenders’ funds are used to help LEDC support even more small businesses in low- and moderate-income communities in Washington, D.C. The funds are used to ease loan requirements, including decreasing collateral, interest rates and fees associated with loan disbursement. With Kiva capital, LEDC reaches out to borrowers that may not have met all of LEDC’s existing criteria, allowing the organization to grow its lending operations through its new subsidiary the Community Asset Fund for Entrepreneurs.

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  • $54,800
    Average annual income
  • 30
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  • $12,260,725
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD