Avani is a longtime resident of North Carolina, and a graduate of George Washington University. She has worked for several international and non-profit organizations, including the World Bank, and most recently worked in India for two years on an initiative to link diaspora Indians with progressive and interesting social entrepreneurs in India. She has a passion for the social sector working with a holistic approach on issues that face society. Her interest in microcredit stems from an independent study of urban and semi-urban microcredit schemes for women in and around New Delhi. She joins Kiva Fellows 9th class in order to learn more about the mechanics of running a microfinance organization, so she can start her own organization combining microfinance, income generation, and green living in South Asia.
Jambo and a big smile from Kenya!
It is my pleasure to write to you as the latest Kiva Fellow at SMEP, the Small and Micro Enterprise Programme, based in Nairobi, Kenya. To date, you have funded 353 SMEP [...]
Beatrice Muthoni used a Ksh 50,000 to purchase exercise books that she sells at her stationary/printing business. Purchasing the books helped her increase her sales turnover and her overall income from her [...]
Lucy Wairimu used a Ksh 50,000 loan to purchase a printer to help her expand capacity at her busy printing shop in downtown Nairobi. After paying off the loan, Lucy left the group at SMEP that she had been a part [...]
The Skylight Group is new to SMEP, and all fifteen members have requested their first loans of either Ksh 15,000 or Ksh 20,000.
The members of the Skylight group own a diverse set of businesses including a [...]
Dorothy used her loan of 50,000 Kenyan shillings to buy an entire cow, additional goat meat for the butchery, and secured space next door to her existing premises for her business to expand.
She says the [...]