About iSmart KenyaiSmart Kenya is a nonprofit organization that creates jobs for youth by leveraging market demand for hard-to-get, life-improving technologies in slum communities. Through iSmart Kenya, youth living in poverty earn an income and gain the professional skills required for a lifetime of employment. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to help iSmart Kenya achieve greater impact in two key ways: 1) by mitigating our risk of supply gaps and 2) by improving our ability to scale our model into new slums.
iSmart Kenya joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.
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