Kiva Lending Team: Denver Sister Cities International
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Denver Sister Cities International promotes peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation with cultural, educational and economic endeavors.
Having experienced the devastation of World War II, President Eisenhower founded the People to People program in 1956. He believed that if citizens only understood other cultures better, they would be more tolerant and accepting of differences:
"I have long believed, as have many before me, that peaceful relations between nations requires understanding and mutual respect between individuals."
President Eisenhower's intention was to involve individuals and organizations at all levels of society in citizen diplomacy, with the hope that personal relationships, cultivated through Sister City affiliations, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts.
Denver's commitment to citizen diplomacy predates Eisenhower's People to People program. Brest, France became DSCI's first Sister City in 1948, following a Denver teacher’s visit to the war-ravaged city. After seeing the destruction of WWII, she returned and successfully initiated a campaign with her students to raise funds for a children’s medical clinic.
Denver Sister Cities International became a nonprofit corporation in 1963, under the organizational name of People to People Denver, and, in 1983, the name officially changed to Denver Sister Cities International.
Denver Sister Cities International currently has 10 Sister Cities:
Brest, France (1948),
Takayama, Japan (1960),
Nairobi, Kenya (1975),
Karmiel, Israel (1977),
Potenza, Italy (1983),
Cuernavaca, Mexico (1983),
Chennai, India (1984),
Kunming, China (1985),
Axum, Ethiopia (1995),
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2001).
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Moko received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities create jobs through environmentally-friendly microentrepreneurship.
Stephen received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to pay tuition fees at Strathmore University.
Peninah's Group received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to purchase a solar light and increase maize cultivation.
Mary received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy chicks for rearing and feeds to grow her poultry business.
Mary received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy fertilizer, pesticides and cow feed to boost her farm and cow's productivity.
Rael received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy hair dryers and beauty products for her salon.
Jane received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy rice and beans to expand her hotel and serve her clients better.
Lydia received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy chicken feed and more chicks to grow her business.
Evageline received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy maize for planting and add stocks of rice flour and sugar to grow her retail shop.
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