Zoia is a 58-year-old married woman from the Dusheti district. She lives with her husband and son. Her son is the only person in the family who is working; he works as a guitar teacher and receives a small monthly income. In the region, there is a high unemployment rate, but self-employment helps the inhabitants to make a living. So Zoia decided to start own business with a loan, but the local credit providers usually demand experience and some stable income from their borrowers. Zoia’s credit applications were rejected several times, as she was unable to satisfy their requirements. She received credit in the framework of a joint initiative of Kiva and Credo, the Startup Program, which gives rural poor people the chance to start or re-start businesses. With the loan of $1000, she will buy a stock of groceries. She has a commercial space, where she is going to open a shop. As the stock of groceries is purchased, she will be able to work in her shop and increase the family income. The Startup credit will be a great support for the family, as their income will be significantly increased, thanks to Kiva lenders.
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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 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.