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Sonia is applying for a loan of $1,000 to improve her business. She is running a business in front of her house, doing car services. She is making a good income from car services. She wants to use the loan funds to buy more stock and to pay the mechanic who works for her. She is living in a town near the main road, so many people come to have their cars fixed at her place. She opened her business one year ago with her own working capital, $400.

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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. 

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Tuba 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.

About Timor-Leste

  • $6,800
    Average annual income
  • 1
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    Timor-Leste Loans Fundraising
  • $2,573,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Sonia to buy items needed for repairing cars to have in stock, and to pay the mechanic who works for her.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 4, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 23, 2014