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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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    José received a loan from George which helps me keep my team growing in order to better service the professional beauty industry.
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  • Glema
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  • Christopher
    United States
    Christopher received a loan from George which helps to meet the demand for personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer.
  • Paulina
    United States
    Paulina received a loan from George which helps supply Agave distillates made primarily by women artisans in Mexico to distributors in US.
  • Whitney
    United States
    Whitney received a loan from George which helps a minority woman-owned business overcome challenges caused by Covid-19.
  • Ade Nurhayati
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  • Interactuar
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