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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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  • Hagar
    Hagar received a loan from 2 team members to purchase more beds and play things to expand and improve her creche.
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  • Hernamae
    Hernamae received a loan from 1 team members to cover the maintenance costs for her car.
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  • Janet
    Solomon Islands
    Janet received a loan from 1 team members to buy a sewing machine and sewing materials for her sewing business.
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  • Helen
    Helen received a loan from 1 team members to purchase vegetables, fish, dressed chicken, and pork to sell.
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  • Zubaida
    Zubaida received a loan from Maureen to invest in her embroidery business by buying some raw material as fabrics,thread needles etc.
  • Asih
    Asih received a loan from Robert Stanley to build facilities for clean water sources at her home to improve her family's access to water.
    Robert Stanley
  • Aeti
    Aeti received a loan from Robert Stanley to build a clean water sources facility at her home to improve access to water sources for her family.
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  • Khaled
    Khaled received a loan from Robert Stanley to buy automobile paint for his vehicle body shop.
    Robert Stanley
  • William De Jesus
    William De Jesus received a loan from Robert Stanley to buy a stationary motor-driven irrigation machine, to make this necessary process more efficient.
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  • Ahmad
    Ahmad received a loan from Robert Stanley to pay for his two children's school tuition fees as he wants his kids to get their basic right to education.
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