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We loan because...
This team was founded after some members were profoundly touched by the documentary - "A Walk to Beautiful" - which can now be viewed at

The 9 min video "Fistula Pilgrims" tells the story of Telanish, a young girl in Ethiopia who was married at 10, pregnant at 11 and gave birth to a stillborn child at 12. As a result of a long and obstructed labour, she has a fistula and is left incontinent, an outcast from her community:

"From Despair to Dignity" is a short but powerful 5 minute video:

Some of our team members have visited the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa in Sept 2010. You can find the photos of our trip here:

About us
We make Kiva loans in recognition of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital and its supporters worldwide, which fight to correct a childbirth injury that can leave a young woman incontinent, leaking wastes, scorned and ostracized. A $450 surgical repair usually solves the problem and restores their lives. For more information, please check out the pages of the different global partners and donors of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital:

New Zealand:

Search the web and do your online shopping through iGive to help us raise more funds for fistula patients:

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  • Lea Johanna
    El Salvador
    Lea Johanna received a loan from Ramona to buy a cow for her pasture, go to her antenatal check-ups and take her mother-in-law to a medical appointment.
    $500 to go
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  • Bor Group
    Lao PDR
    Bor Group received a loan from Nancy to purchase a TerraClear water filter so she can have access to safe drinking water.
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  • Houyyean Group
    Lao PDR
    Houyyean Group received a loan from Mia to purchase a TerraClear water filter to have access to safe drinking water.
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  • Maria Isabel
    El Salvador
    Maria Isabel received a loan from 1 team members to buy more soups, eggs, basic grains, refreshments, candy, sweet bread, etc.
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  • Celina
    Celina received a loan from Antonia to buy additional seaweed to sell.
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  • Pedro Pablo
    El Salvador
    Pedro Pablo received a loan from Kate to invest in bricks, cement, sand, gravel and re-bar to build a room on his house.
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  • Rani
    Rani received a loan from Kate to purchase another buffalo to inflate her sales to generate more income to cover her daily expenses.
    $350 to go
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  • Herminia
    Herminia received a loan from Kate to buy more stock such as canned goods, noodles, rice, soft drinks, beverages, soap, bleaching agents, cooking oil, condiments and animal feed to sell.
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  • Muhrullo
    Muhrullo received a loan from Kate to buy food products to open a grocery store.
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  • Saraswati Shg Group
    Saraswati Shg Group received a loan from Kate to buy sugar, edible oil, spices, cookies etc in bulk to resell.
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