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Amada, originally from Guatemala, came to the United States 20 years ago. She is a widow, currently living with her daughter, son- in-law and two grandchildren.

Since her arrival in the United States, she has been working as a housekeeper at various locations.

In 2004, after building a large base of clients with her cleaning services, she decided to start her own business. Her business provides housekeeping services and currently employs three full-time workers serving the Washington metropolitan area.

Over time, the business has grown, and Amada is looking to get a $10,000 loan to purchase more equipment, such as vacuum cleaners, floor polishing machines, carpet cleaners and window cleaners.

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More information about this loan

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.

About United States

  • $54,800
    Average annual income
  • 29
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    United States Loans Fundraising
  • $12,247,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
A loan of $10,000 helped Amada to purchase more equipment, such as vacuum cleaners, floor polishing machines, carpet cleaners and window cleaners.
Repayment Term
43 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 24, 2013
Jun 3, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 3, 2013