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Kiva helps us learn more about the world we live in and celebrate the wondrous diversity and stories of the people who make it up.

About us
This team got its start as a result of two Kiva borrowers: Abdusattor drove a car for a living, but he wanted a loan so that he could begin selling watermelons; meanwhile, Mirmahmud sold watermelon in a café, but he wanted a loan so that he could purchase a car for his business. When these two Tajikistani loans posted to Kiva on the same day, we knew that we had to get them together!

Sometimes, things that at first seem not to go together at all turn out, upon further consideration, to go together quite well. It turns out that cars and watermelons go together in ways we never would have imagined.

In the developing world, entrepreneurs sometimes wind up in unlikely professions or combining businesses that we might not ordinarily expect to go together. Through such immprobable business combinations, these entrepreneuers have found ways to be successful by filling the unique needs of their communities. This team celebrates all of the wonderful and unlikely enterprises and pairings of enterprises that Kiva borrowers are involved in. Of course, we have a special soft spot for "watermelon+car" loans. Also, we like alliteration.
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More details about our first two borrowers can be found by following the links below. Both loans came down to the wire, within hours of expiring, but we're thrilled that ultimately both were fully funded.
Abdusattor: www.kiva.org/lend/456025
Mirmahmud: www.kiva.org/lend/455461
Many members of this team are also members of the Late Loaning Lenders team. You can find out more about that team here: www.kiva.org/team/late_loaning_lenders

[Images of wheeled watermelons adapted from foodstylin.com/gallery.asp?gal=6&tp=img&id=66 & www.offbeatearth.com/watermelon-car/]

 

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Team Activity

  • Kefah
    Palestine
    Kefah received a loan from Rachel to buy a new rickshaw and start working on transfarring goods in the local market.
    Rachel
    0% repaid
  • Arlene
    Philippines
    Arlene received a loan from Shirley to buy more stock of fruits and vegetables to sell.
    Shirley
    0% repaid
  • Dromo Group
    Ghana
    Dromo Group received a loan from Phi to buy and sell pineapples, watermelons, pawpaw and bananas.
    Phi
    0% repaid
  • Talent
    Zimbabwe
    Talent received a loan from Sabine to purchase more chicks and chick feed.
    Sabine
    0% repaid
  • Cecilia
    Honduras
    Cecilia received a loan from Julie to purchase agricultural supplies to help and maintain her carrot crops.
    Julie
    0% repaid
  • Imad
    Palestine
    Imad received a loan from Candace to buy a display box and shelves for his clothing business.
    Candace
    3% repaid
  • Shahriyor
    Tajikistan
    Shahriyor received a loan from Candace to buy three bull-calves to start a new business.
    Candace
    4% repaid
  • Elider
    Colombia
    Elider received a loan from Julie to buy fruits, snack foods, and sweets for his stall outside an amusement park.
    Julie
    7% repaid
  • Ainagul
    Kyrgyzstan
    Ainagul received a loan from Julie to buy fertilizers, and seeds to grow watermelons, tomatoes, peppers and cotton.
    Julie
    0% repaid
  • Vahagn
    Armenia
    Vahagn received a loan from MARISA to expand his farming operations by purchasing two additional cows.
    MARISA
    9% repaid
  • Shahida
    Pakistan
    Shahida received a loan from Julie to buy new tires and spare parts for her brother's vehicle.
    Julie
    14% repaid
  • Salustia
    Mexico
    Salustia received a loan from Sharon to purchase a Sistema Biobolsa biodigester and biogas stove.
    Sharon
    17% repaid

Impact   Updated Hourly

37
Team Members
$9,225
Amount Loaned
350
Loans
9.5
Loans per member