A loan of $5,000 helped to pay for radio advertisements and street car advertisements.


Timothy's story

Tim is a New Orleans police lieutenant about to retire from the force after 31 years.

Six months ago, he bought a travel agency franchise to keep himself busy during retirement. He says, "I always wanted to do something that makes people happy and people are always happy when they go on vacation."

Tim is a "destination specialist." He arranges tours to Africa, China and the Holy Land. He also specializes in cruises. Tim has been on almost all of the major cruise lines and considers himself an expert on the demographics of the clientele on each of the lines. He's traveled to Bermuda, the Bahamas and Alaska.

When asked how he can compete with the online travel services, Tim says that he beats their prices because the online companies charge an additional fee that Tim does not charge.

He heard about Kiva on the radio in New Orleans. Coincidentally, he plans to use his loan proceeds to advertise his business on the radio and also to buy ads on the street cars in New Orleans. Help Tim launch his new business to make people happy.



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