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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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  • Michelle
    United States
    Michelle received a loan from darci which helps milwaukee's first black & brown-owned plant shop keep up with the growing demand for products.
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  • Stephen
    Stephen received a loan from Carrie to buy more manure and pesticides and to pay workers.
  • Pawame
    Pawame received a loan from darci to provide last-mile solar powered electricity to rural, low-income households in Kenya.
  • Jane's Group
    Jane's Group received a loan from Bonnie to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer to improve harvests of maize.
  • An
    An received a loan from darci to build a toilet for her family.
  • Duyên
    Duyên received a loan from darci to build a toilet for her family.
  • Robiya
    Robiya received a loan from Carrie to buy wheat seed to get a rich harvest.

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