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Maria is taking out a loan of $600 from TRM (Tuba Rai Metin). She is married and has 8 children. Her husband is a teacher. She has a shop to generate income for her family. She has been thinking about running a big business, but she does not have enough working capital. She felt better when she applied for her first loan. She will buy some additional supplies to keep in her store such as second-hand clothes, second-hand shoes and second-hand bags. She is happy with TRM (Tuba Rai Metin) because they offer loans to poor people.

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More information about this loan

This loan is part of TRM’s effort to reach microentrepreneurs in East Timor, a region suffering from a deeply underdeveloped financial sector. Since its independence in 2002, East Timor has struggled with internal tensions which led to the quasi disappearance of its financial system. As of 2012, TRM is one of only two MFIs operating in East Timor trying to respond to the needs of thousands of microentrepreneurs. This loan provides underserved borrowers with critical capital to sustain their existing businesses or to improve their living conditions. 

Information about TRM

Tuba Rai Metin (TRM) is a microfinance institution in East Timor, one of the smallest, newest and least developed countries in Southeast Asia. The organization provides credit, savings and micro-insurance services to more than 7,000 clients. Its goal is to extend its reach into even more remote regions through branchless banking services.

About Timor-Leste

  • $6,800
    Average annual income
  • 26
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    Timor-Leste Loans Fundraising
  • $2,408,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Maria to buy second-hand clothes, second-hand shoes and second-hand bags.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 23, 2013
May 29, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 18, 2014