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General StoreColombiaFrom Colombia! At 52 years old, María is a charismatic and helpful woman who has her own business - a grocery store. She started the business in order to earn an income ...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorMelba, 25, lives with her life partner and two daughters aged 2 and 8 in a house of their own. She is a tenacious woman who works everyday selling different types of vegeta...Read their story >
General StoreUgandaRosette is 38 years old and lives in the town of Nansana in the Kampala region of Uganda. She is married and has three children, with two of them currently in school. For t...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaNicolasa is a tenacious woman. She is the single mother of five children. Three years ago she made a great effort and has been making improvements to her house. She did ...Read their story >
ClothingBurundiDesiré is a member of the Business Group. He is single, 29 years old, and lives in Bujumbura. He has been selling shoes for seven years. He is on his sixth loan with Turam...Read their story >
When you lend to a woman
You can set off an amazing chain reaction. It all starts with a $25 loan to start a business and grow her income:
- Women reinvest 80% of their income in the health and well-being of their children.
- A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more like to live past age 5.
- For girls, every additional year of school increases her future earning potential by 20%.
- Daughters of economically empowered mothers are more likely to follow in their footsteps.
Now that’s a virtuous cycle. It’s easy to do your part.
Kiva connects millions of people through lending to alleviate poverty worldwide. By providing fair access to affordable capital, hundreds of thousands of lenders just like you empower borrowers to improve their own lives.
We work with socially-driven organizations in 65+ countries to offer microloans to the people who need it most -- but also to promote clean energy, support conflict-zone recovery, and much more. Join us and make a loan today.
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