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Leonia, 26, is applying for a loan of $1,000 to improve her business. She opened her kiosk in 2000 with her own working capital of $50. She earns a good income from her business.

Leonia will use this loan to buy stock to keep in her store, such as cigarettes, noodles, eggs, water, milk, coffee, sugar and salt. She is a very hardworking woman. Running her business has become her regular activity for the past 13 years.

In the future, she wants to make her business bigger and improve her living conditions.

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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. 

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

  • $3,100
    Average annual income
  • 3
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    Timor-Leste Loans Fundraising
  • $1,508,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Leonia to buy cigarettes, noodles, eggs, water, milk, coffee, sugar and salt to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 20, 2013
Oct 5, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 20, 2014