A loan of $1,500 helped to start a fish farm.


Mtvarisa's story

Mtvarisa lives in Martvili District. She is 44 years old, married, and lives with her husband, Zviad, and three children (19, 13, and 12 years old). Mtvarisa is unemployed at the moment.

The source of income for the family is an agricultural business. In particular, they grow nuts on the family-owned land and sell the harvested products locally. In addition, Mtvarisa has a milk cow and produces cheese with the received milk.

Mtvarisa and Zviad decided to start their business because their existing income wasn't enough for the family and their living conditions are poor. Mtvarisa's loan request was approved in the framework of a new joint initiative between Kiva and Credo. The start-up loan program envisages the provisions of business start-up and restartup credits with soft conditions to country rural poor, who do not have access to credit products, being regarded as “high risk borrowers” because of low income.

Mtvarisa has noticed that there is high demand for fish in the market. In response to the local market demand, she has requested credit to finance the costs of constructing a dam, which she will build in her garden. She will purchase local species of fish and raise them in a pond. Beginning in the spring season, the fish will start to spawn, then they can be intensively sold.

Mtvarisa expects that development of the fish farm will raise the income of the family. Part of the increase in income will be reinvested in the same business and the other part will be used for improving the living conditions of the family.



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