Ekaterine decided to start up a clothing sales business with a loan, but the local credit providers usually demand experience and some stable income from the borrowers. Ekaterine’s credit requests were rejected several times, as she didn’t satisfy their requirements. She received this credit in the framework of a joint initiative of Kiva and Credo, the so-called Startup Program, that gives rural poor people the chance to start or re-start businesses. With this loan of 800 USD Ekaterine will purchase clothing at wholesale prices and sell them in her community. Her regular customers will be her co-workers and neighbours. She plans to sell a wide assortment of well-priced clothing for men, women, and children.
It is obvious that the job is hard for Ekaterine, but she is ready to deal with the difficulties and develop her business gradually. The Start Up credit will be a great support for the family, as their income will be significantly increased thanks to Kiva Lenders.
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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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