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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Richard received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy thread and fabrics for making dresses.$250 to goLend Now
Timothy received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to purchase a new inventory of clothing and shoe items in bulk from Nairobi.$1,925 to goLend Now
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Levison received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy carwash machines to expand his work.
Dorothy received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to purchase African print cloth and school uniform fabrics.$225 to goLend Now
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Lucy received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to support her to increase her stock of foodstuffs and other household essentials to boost her business. She will also increase her float to boost her transactions.$250 to goLend Now
Grace received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to purchase a variety of fabric materials and a variety of sewing thread.
Bedford received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to buy a biodigester to turn his farm waste into resources to expand his corn production.
Immaculate received a loan from Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities to increase her stock of foodstuffs to boost her general store and to buy more secondhand clothes for selling.
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