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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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    Sanad received a loan from martha to buy a head of cattle.
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    Jasmina Del Socorro received a loan from Pat & Tony to improve the condition of her bathroom, she wants to purchase the toilet and the pipes to finish construction.
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    Rina Maribel received a loan from Anthony to purchase fruits such as watermelon, melon, grapes, pineapples, and apples to stock her business.
  • Ict4D
    Ict4D received a loan from Dean to establish 10 innovative mobile IT labs that will provide job-training to 1000 rural Kenyan youths every month.
  • Ofaakor Emmanuel 1 Group
    Ofaakor Emmanuel 1 Group received a loan from 1 team members to buy cassava, plantains, rice and other foodstuffs to sell.
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  • Aissatou
    Aissatou received a loan from Alice to buy thirty 15-kilo buckets of groundnut paste and twenty-five 20-liter cans of palm oil.

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