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We loan because...
There are millions of children with unrepaired cleft lips and palates who have little to no prospect of ever being helped. Their parents are so poor they could never afford surgery. Being born with a cleft in a developing country is truly a curse, and no one knows how many newborns with clefts are killed or abandoned right after birth.

Through Smile Train's free cleft surgery program, a 45 minute surgery gives these children a future and a second chance at life that they never thought they'd get. Let's change the world, one smile at a time!

Through our Kiva lending we want to raise awareness and support of the wonderful work Smile Train does in providing free cleft repair surgeries around the world. If our team logo is displayed on loans' top lending teams we hope other Kiva lenders will learn about Smile Train's work too. Won't you join us?

About us
We are a diverse group of Kiva lenders from different backgrounds and different areas of the world who share a common desire to support the effort to bring a repair surgery to every child who needs one. Our team also includes staff members of Smile Train and Kiva and other microfinance ventures. We would be happy for you to join our team too!

The little girl in our team logo is Pinki Sonkar. She was born with a severe cleft into a family that was surviving on less than a dollar a day in a poor rural village in India. She could not go to school because the other children threw rocks at her. Smile Pinki tells the story of how her life was changed forever by a free repair surgery at a Smile Train partner hospital. Contact a team captain for more information if you would like a free DVD of this Academy Award winning documentary.

Where is Pinki Now - - This 5 minute video has interviews with Pinki's parents and teachers and video of Pinki in school. You can see that cleft surgery brings a total transformation to the lives of these kids.

Wang Li Got Married - - this video tells the moving story of Smile Train's very first patient and how her life was totally changed.

Smile Train in Mexico - - this video is for Adrián and the Arenal Group. As a team we loaned to help his parents, and we hope that through Smile Train Adrián will get the care that he needs.

Kiva Team Smile Train fund raiser page - - If you would like to make donation to support Smile Train's work you can do so here. Even if you don't make a donation, please sign our guest book! Thank you for helping the kids!

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  • Sokha
    Sokha received a loan from 1 team members to pay for the landfill around her house.
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  • Khay
    Khay received a loan from 1 team members to buy farming inputs and provide tractor service costs for cultivating her farm.
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  • Mirian
    Mirian received a loan from 1 team members to buy a cow, salt, balanced feed, vitamins, and veterinary supplies.
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  • Aminata
    Burkina Faso
    Aminata received a loan from Guenter to buy 95 bags of maize and also empty bags and save for the betterment of her family conditions.
  • Poussi
    Burkina Faso
    Poussi received a loan from Guenter to buy some sheet metal, some cement, some rice and some drinks and to save towards looking after his family.
  • Mathias
    Burkina Faso
    Mathias received a loan from Guenter to buy 20 sacks of rice, 20 sacks of flour, and merchandise, and to save money to take care of his family.
  • Kouka
    Burkina Faso
    Kouka received a loan from Guenter to buy 160 pieces of No. 8 rebar, 30 pieces of No. 10 rebar, and other rebar, and to save money to take care of his family.
  • Twisungane Cb Group
    Twisungane Cb Group received a loan from Guenter to use her portion of the loan to buy more maize flour, rice, cooking oil, sugar, and salt.
  • Mediatrice
    Mediatrice received a loan from Guenter to increase stock and introduce new type of products in her business.

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