Laura’s husband is a goldsmith and gets orders to make jewelry. This is the only source of income for the family. It is hardly enough to feed the family. According to Credo estimations, the family belongs to the subsistence poor category.
Laura has requested loans from local financial institutions several times for family business start-ups, but without any success. Her loan requests were rejected all the time because of low income and family’s poor living conditions.
Laura requested a loan from Credo to start a family business. Laura has now been approved for a loan within the framework of the new joint initiative of Kiva and Credo. The start-up loan program envisages provision of business start-up and re-startup credits with soft conditions to rural poor people, who do not have access to credit products. These rural poor people are regarded as “high risk borrowers” because of their low income.
With this credit, Laura will rent a counter and begin a jewelry trade. She plans to purchase different kinds of jewelry and gold products for resale. As her husband is involved in the jewelry business, she hopes that it will be profitable. 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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