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We loan because...
There are millions of children with unrepaired cleft lips and palates who have little to no prospect of ever being helped. Their parents are so poor they could never afford surgery. Being born with a cleft in a developing country is truly a curse, and no one knows how many newborns with clefts are killed or abandoned right after birth.

Through Smile Train's free cleft surgery program, a 45 minute surgery gives these children a future and a second chance at life that they never thought they'd get. Let's change the world, one smile at a time!

Through our Kiva lending we want to raise awareness and support of the wonderful work Smile Train does in providing free cleft repair surgeries around the world. If our team logo is displayed on loans' top lending teams we hope other Kiva lenders will learn about Smile Train's work too. Won't you join us?
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About us
We are a diverse group of Kiva lenders from different backgrounds and different areas of the world who share a common desire to support the effort to bring a repair surgery to every child who needs one. Our team also includes staff members of Smile Train and Kiva and other microfinance ventures. We would be happy for you to join our team too!

The little girl in our team logo is Pinki Sonkar. She was born with a severe cleft into a family that was surviving on less than a dollar a day in a poor rural village in India. She could not go to school because the other children threw rocks at her. Smile Pinki tells the story of how her life was changed forever by a free repair surgery at a Smile Train partner hospital. Contact a team captain for more information if you would like a free DVD of this Academy Award winning documentary.

Where is Pinki Now - bit.ly/WhereisPinkiNow - This 5 minute video has interviews with Pinki's parents and teachers and video of Pinki in school. You can see that cleft surgery brings a total transformation to the lives of these kids.

Wang Li Got Married - bit.ly/WangLi - this video tells the moving story of Smile Train's very first patient and how her life was totally changed.

Smile Train in Mexico - bit.ly/SmileMexico - this video is for Adrián and the Arenal Group. As a team we loaned to help his parents, and we hope that through Smile Train Adrián will get the care that he needs.

Kiva Team Smile Train fund raiser page - bit.ly/DonateTeamSmileTrain - If you would like to make donation to support Smile Train's work you can do so here. Even if you don't make a donation, please sign our guest book! Thank you for helping the kids!

Other tax advantaged donation links:
Canada - www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s98822
Great Britain - www.smiletrain.org.uk/
India - www.smiletrainindia.org/
Italy - www.smiletrain.it/

Check out the distribution of our team's impact around the world: kivafolio.appspot.com/report?user=Smile_Train

Check our team statistics: smiletrain.vijayr.net/stats.php
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  • Rosemarie
    Philippines
    Rosemarie received a loan from M & M to buy feed and vitamins for her chickens.
    M & M
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  • Oeun Group
    Cambodia
    Oeun Group received a loan from M & M to buy chickens and feed for her new business.
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  • Jose Marvin
    El Salvador
    Jose Marvin received a loan from M & M to purchase pigs, wire, and wood to expand the pigpen and build a new corral.
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  • Geraldine
    Philippines
    Geraldine received a loan from Rose to purchase gardening tools and fertilizer.
    Rose
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    Philippines
    Lolita received a loan from Rose to pay for wire, baskets and supplies such as seeds and fertilizer.
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  • Modou
    Senegal
    Modou received a loan from martha to buy fish to resell.
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    Uganda
    Abibu received a loan from Johan to buy dry maize and beans.
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  • Safarali
    Tajikistan
    Safarali received a loan from Johan to purchase some equipment, so that he and his son can continue to be involved in the activity that they love.
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  • Chamina
    India
    Chamina received a loan from Ann to purchase a dairy cow for her existing milk supply business.
    Ann
    0% repaid
  • Maasoama
    Samoa
    Maasoama received a loan from SNO to buy fertilizer, chemicals, sprayers, a new tiller, a spade, a crowbar and a machete.
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  • Irene |
    Colombia
    Irene | received a loan from SNO to buy rice, oils, roots, vegetables, chicken, fish and refreshments in greater volume.
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  • Wilson
    Uganda
    Wilson received a loan from SNO to pay labor for quarrying pozzolana (cement raw material).
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Impact   Updated Hourly

390
Team Members
$445,550
Amount Loaned
16,901
Loans
43.3
Loans per member