A loan of $1,300 helped to purchase clothing for resale.

Mariami's story

Mariami is 26 years old and lives in Telavi district with her husband and two infant children. Several times, Mariami has requested loans from local financial institutions for her trading business start-up, but without any success. Her loan requests were rejected each time because of low income and the family’s poor living conditions. The only source of income for the family is the small monthly salary earned by her husband working as an artisan locally.

Mariami requested a loan from Credo to start a clothing sales business. Her loan request was approved in the framework of a new joint initiative between Kiva and Credo. The start-up loan program envisages the provision of business start-up and re-startup credits with reasonable conditions for the country's rural poor, who do not have access to credit products, being regarded as “high risk borrowers” because of low income.

Mariami will purchase clothes in Capital city open market at wholesale prices and resell them in her district for a profit. It will be hard work for Mariami, but according to estimations, her business will be profitable and will increase the income of the family. The increased profit will be reinvested in her clothing trading business to increase her stock and sales volume. The family members will be able to increase their spending to satisfy their daily needs and improve their living conditions.

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