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We loan because...
We wish to thank the Maasai people of Kenya for their kind offer of 14 cows to America in the aftermath of 9/11. We challenge all Kiva lenders to make one loan to a Kenyan entrepreneur in the name of this group to thank the tribe for their kindness and generosity during our time of grief.

About us
Kimeli Naiyomah, having witnessed 9/11 firsthand in New York City and wanting in some way to alleviate America's grief, goes back to his Maasai tribe elders in Kenya and asks them to bless his only calf so that he can offer it to America as a gesture of consolation and support.. His tribe reacts by offering instead 14 blessed cows, a most sacred and cherished gift. Nine months later these 14 cows are presented to and accepted by the American embassy.

This lending group is named after the children's book "14 Cows for America" written by Carmen Agra Deedy which tells Kimeli's amazing and true story.

Location: USA      

 

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    Moko received a loan from Naomi create jobs through environmentally-friendly microentrepreneurship.
    Naomi
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    Naomi
  • Beatrice's Group
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    Bonnie
  • Pedro
    Paraguay
    Pedro received a loan from Naomi to buy a cow to improve milk production.
    Naomi
  • Hang
    Vietnam
    Hang received a loan from darci to build the latrine to improve the health of her family.
    darci
  • Neang
    Cambodia
    Neang received a loan from darci to build a proper latrine in order to provide her family a better standard of living.
    darci
  • Alliance Group
    Congo (Dem. Rep.)
    Alliance Group received a loan from Carrie to buy 50 bundles of empty bags to build up her business.
    Carrie
  • Jeridah's Group
    Kenya
    Jeridah's Group received a loan from Bonnie to purchase a solar light and cost-efficient, hybrid seed and fertilizer for maize cultivation.
    Bonnie
  • Mary's Group
    Kenya
    Mary's Group received a loan from darci to purchase a solar light and gain access to cost-efficient hybrid seeds and fertilizer for maize cultivation.
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