The only source of the income for the family is the monthly salary earned by Sopio as a sales lady at a flower shop. It is hardly enough for food for the family. According to Credo estimations, the family belongs to the subsistence poor category.
Sopio requested a loan from Credo to start up a family business. Her loan request was approved in the framework of a new joint initiative between Kiva and Credo. The start up loan program envisages provision of business start ups and re-startups with credits for soft conditions to the country rural poor, who do not have access to credit products, since they are regarded as “high risk borrowers” because of low income.
With the received credit, Sopio will open her own flower shop. As she is experienced in this field, she hopes the business will be profitable and she will be able to increase her income. The new business initiative, financed with the Kiva start up loan, will significantly improve the living conditions of the 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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