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Potola
Potola is 50 years old. She lives in Martvili District with her husband. Potola requested a loan from local financial institutions several times for family business start-up, but without any success. Her loan request was rejected all the time, because of low income and the family’s poor living conditions.

The only source of income for the family is from their agricultural activities. In particular, they have 2 milk cows and a calf. Potola milks the cows every day and produces cheese for selling. Besides that, they have a plot of land, where 100 nut trees are grown. They sell the harvested nuts locally at a good price. It is hardly enough for food for the family. According to Credo estimations the family belongs to the subsistence poor category.

Potola requested a loan from Credo to start-up family business. Potola 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 her loan Potola will begin to buy and sell cheese products. She plans to purchase cheese products from wholesalers and then resell them with a price markup among the villagers. This will increase the income of her family. The new business initiative, financed with the Kiva Start-up loan, will significantly improve the living conditions of the family.

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More information about this loan

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

  • $4,600
    Average annual income
  • 44
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    Georgia Loans Fundraising
  • $7,015,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1.6
    Georgia Lari (GEL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,225 helped Potola to purchase cheese for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
19 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
May 20, 2013
Listed
May 27, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jan 18, 2014