Total loan: $150,000

Digital Divide Data

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Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya / Education

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A loan helped to support work-study youth in Kenya, Cambodia, and Laos during COVID-19.

Digital Divide Data's story

DDD transforms the lives of talented youth from underserved communities around the world through sustainable education and employment. Through their unique Work-Study program, youth undergo professional training and are hired to serve customers in DDD’s socially responsible outsourcing practice known as “impact sourcing”. Kiva lenders have helped DDD provide over 500 youth with more than $216,000 in loans to continue their education. Since 2001, DDD has been a stepping stone for over 7,000 youth and its Work-Study graduates experience a 9x increase in lifetime earnings compared to their peers. While historically a sustainable business, this pandemic has impacted DDD in two ways: 1) their revenue has been negatively affected as lockdowns halt client operations so they can no longer send work to DDD for processing, 2) they had to move everyone into home offices in order to protect staff and continue operating. As a result, a smaller share of salaries and benefits provided to DDD employees can be covered by revenue earned from clients during this crisis. In addition to donations DDD has received, this loan will help DDD continue to operate and not lay off any of the disadvantaged youth it employs. This loan is part of Kiva’s Crisis Support Loan program to assist our Field Partner organizations directly so they can continue to support our borrowers. Because it is part of a pilot program, this loan may have higher risk. Read more in the "More about this loan" section below.