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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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Team Activity

  • Virginia
    Philippines
    Virginia received a loan from 1 team members to buy ingredients for her food production business like meat, vegetables, and eggs.
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  • Taleb
    Lebanon
    Taleb received a loan from carien bitar-boerboom to increase his merchandise with more kinds of vegetables and fruits.
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  • Vilma
    Philippines
    Vilma received a loan from carien bitar-boerboom to purchase more items like canned goods, snack foods and other personal care products.
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  • Ildefonso
    Nicaragua
    Ildefonso received a loan from Steven to connect drinking water because he doesn't have this service in his house and it is very difficult to carry this vital liquid in buckets for almost 1 km to his house.
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  • Digna Gloris
    El Salvador
    Digna Gloris received a loan from Rose to buy nacazcol [a black dye], clay, and wood to strengthen her pottery business.
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  • Susana
    Philippines
    Susana received a loan from Elise to buy more snack foods to resell.
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  • Teresa
    Philippines
    Teresa received a loan from Rose to buy more firewood to sell in order to send her children to college.
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    $225 to go
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  • Alinah
    South Africa
    Alinah received a loan from Elise to buy block bricks, cement, window frames and door frames.
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  • Mellen
    Kenya
    Mellen received a loan from Alice to buy farm inputs like fertilizers and seedlings for planting.
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    $200 to go
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  • Sandra
    Philippines
    Sandra received a loan from Elise to buy fishing nets and a new engine for her fishing boat.
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  • El 21 Group
    Nicaragua
    El 21 Group received a loan from 2 team members to buy corn, firewood, bags, rhodamine, and cacao.
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Impact   Updated Hourly

394
Team Members
$498,200
Amount Loaned
18,766
Loans
47.6
Loans per member