Teikar has previously requested loans from local financial institutions several times for a family business start-up, but without any success. Her loan requests were rejected each time because of her low income and the family's poor living conditions.
The only source of the income for the family is from agriculture. They have rented a plot of land, where broom trees are grown. With the harvested product the family makes brooms and sells them at local markets. Teikar 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 the 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, Teikar will start trading clothes. She will purchase clothes from the wholesalers and then resell at a higher price in her district.
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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 CredoLLC 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.
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