The family takes care of a milk cow owned by the family. The dairy products are mainly consumed by the family and the surplus is sold in the village. Simon works as a plumber and gets a monthly salary.
Manana requested credit to start up a trade business. Her loan request was approved in the framework of a new joint initiative from Kiva and Credo. The start-up loan program envisages provisioning business start-ups and re-startups with credit on soft conditions to the country's rural poor, who do not have access to credit products, being regarded as “high risk borrowers” because of their low income.
With the received credit, Manana will purchase a mini-bus to trade mixed products: groceries, dishes, and kitchen appliances. Simon will lead the business. He will purchase various products at wholesale prices and sell them in nearby towns with a price markup.
The new business initiative will increase the monthly income for the family. Their living conditions will improve and in the future, they will have enough income to access regular credit products available on the country’s capital market, in case of need.
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This loan is part of Credo's startup loan program targeting particularly vulnerable clients who live at the subsistence level and have been unable to obtain credit due to lack of income from an existing business. This program offers them a longer repayment term and an annual interest rate that is 5% lower than the standard interest rate. By funding this loan, you are supporting a program that gives borrowers a second chance to start and grow small businesses. This has the potential to alleviate the effects of poverty, significantly improving borrowers' incomes and their families' quality of life. Learn more about Credo's startup loan program on the Kiva Blog.
About LLC Micro Finance Organization CredoLLC Credo (Credo) is a microfinance organization in Georgia that provides sustainable credit services to alleviate poverty in rural areas, including business loans, agriculture loans, household loans, crop insurance and more. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to help the organization expand its outreach to even more entrepreneurs, farmers and households in remote areas.
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