Kiva Lending Team: Aid to Artisans
We loan because...
We strive for a world where people have the resources necessary to provide for themselves, their families and communities. We believe in economic development and micro financing as viable tools to lead people to sustained livelihoods and improved well-being.
We create economic opportunities for artisan groups around the world where livelihoods, communities, and craft traditions are marginal or at risk.
We blend a passion for the deep-rooted cultures and handmade traditions of the developing world with a commitment to building profitable businesses.
Environmentally sound practices are at the foundation of our methodology. We recognize that we can only bring lasting economic growth if we provide an integrated approach to product development, business skills training, market access and eco-effective processes.
We accomplish this by working together with partners in the countries where we work and in the markets we connect artisans with, leaving behind an infrastructure that continues to support the artisan community long after we complete our mentoring.
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Shuhrat received a loan from Amin Saleem to purchase more wood and implements to improve the quality of his woodcraft business.
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