Helia has a kiosk where she sells general store items. With the loan, she will purchase additional items for her store, including noodles, eggs, candles, detergent and oil. She opened her kiosk in 2005 with working capital of $150. She has a farm on which she grows bananas, corn and sweet potatoes. She wants her business to grow bigger in the future.
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This loan is part of TRM’s effort to reach microentrepreneurs in East Timor, a region suffering from a deeply underdeveloped financial sector. Since its independence in 2002, East Timor has struggled with internal tensions which led to the quasi disappearance of its financial system. As of 2012, TRM is one of only two MFIs operating in East Timor trying to respond to the needs of thousands of microentrepreneurs. This loan provides underserved borrowers with critical capital to sustain their existing businesses or to improve their living conditions.
Information about TRMTuba Rai Metin (TRM) is a microfinance institution in East Timor, one of the smallest, newest and least developed countries in Southeast Asia. The organization provides credit, savings and micro-insurance services to more than 7,000 clients. Its goal is to extend its reach into even more remote regions through branchless banking services.
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