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Sufina is 36 years old, married, and has seven children. She has a kiosk to generate income for her family. She has been thinking about how to increase the size of her business, but she does not have enough working capital.

Sufina felt better when she applied for her first loan, and is now applying for her second loan of 1,000 USD. With this loan, she will buy additional supplies to keep in her store including soft drinks (such as Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, and Sagiko), beer, cigarettes, biscuits, noodles, water, fish, slippers, eggs, and body lotion. She is happy with TRM and the loans that it offers to poor people.

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More information about this loan

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 TRM

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
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  • $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 Sufina to buy items such as soft drinks, beer, cigarettes, buiscuits, noodles, water, fish, slippers, eggs, and body lotion.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 4, 2013
May 24, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 19, 2014