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When Helen’s husband, a tenured U.S. Army veteran, passed away in 2003, she was left wondering how to make ends meet. Through her volunteer work with the genealogy library in Oakland, California, Helen discovered that a large number of people had an interest in exploring their ancestry. Given this demand, as well as her own personal interest in genealogy, Helen founded “My Genealogy” in order to provide family history research services. The business provides her with the supplement to her social security income that she needs.

Helen needs a $2,000 loan to purchase an all-in-one printer, copier, scanner and fax; a used computer; subscriptions to online databases for genealogists; and a desk for her part-time employee. Without the loan for the equipment and Opportunity Fund’s business advisory services, she doesn’t think her business could survive.

Helen dreams of one day moving her business from her home to a small storefront and adding three employees to accommodate the demand she sees for genealogy services. Learn more at

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  • $54,800
    Average annual income
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  • $12,977,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $2,000 helped Helen to buy equipment and subscriptions to online databases.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 27, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 20, 2011