Kiva Lending Team: Denver Sister Cities International
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Denver Sister Cities International promotes peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation with cultural, educational and economic endeavors.
Having experienced the devastation of World War II, President Eisenhower founded the People to People program in 1956. He believed that if citizens only understood other cultures better, they would be more tolerant and accepting of differences:
"I have long believed, as have many before me, that peaceful relations between nations requires understanding and mutual respect between individuals."
President Eisenhower's intention was to involve individuals and organizations at all levels of society in citizen diplomacy, with the hope that personal relationships, cultivated through Sister City affiliations, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts.
Denver's commitment to citizen diplomacy predates Eisenhower's People to People program. Brest, France became DSCI's first Sister City in 1948, following a Denver teacher’s visit to the war-ravaged city. After seeing the destruction of WWII, she returned and successfully initiated a campaign with her students to raise funds for a children’s medical clinic.
Denver Sister Cities International became a nonprofit corporation in 1963, under the organizational name of People to People Denver, and, in 1983, the name officially changed to Denver Sister Cities International.
Denver Sister Cities International currently has 10 Sister Cities:
Brest, France (1948),
Takayama, Japan (1960),
Nairobi, Kenya (1975),
Karmiel, Israel (1977),
Potenza, Italy (1983),
Cuernavaca, Mexico (1983),
Chennai, India (1984),
Kunming, China (1985),
Axum, Ethiopia (1995),
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2001).
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Magdaline received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy fruits and vegetables for her grocery store so that this witty woman can make more profits for her family.
Wesley received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy a biodigester to power his farm and home with cow manure.
Geoffrey received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to help buy timbers, MDF (medium-density fibreboard) and carpentry tools to boost his business.
Purity received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy farm inputs such as certified seeds and high-quality fertilizers to improve her yields and generate more income to improve the quality of life for her family.
Rose received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy another quality cow to improve her dairy production and business.
Esther received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to purchase additional stock of new clothes.
Rose received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to purchase new stock for her retail shop to meet the demand of her customers.
Joses received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy stock of bananas, cabbages, tomatoes, onions, etc.
Lydiah received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy cereals grains (beans and maize) to sell in her village market and, as a mom, use the profits to support her children.
Lucy received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to add additional stock to her business, such as soft tissue, sugar, and packets of milk.
Windfred received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to hire more labour to help on her farm so she can improve her production and earn more income to support her family.
Ruth received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities a single woman borrower with good credit standing to buy farm inputs to improve her productivity, leading to increased profits to support her children until they finish school.
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