Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.
Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.
As a result of the sale of our Dreamtime Cards, we are able to provide a portion of the profits to people who belong to Kiva. It is Go Fair goal to assist one person from each country. Read the stories of the people we have selected below:
Ms. Aura Elena of Nicaragua.
Aura Elena is a 55-year-old woman who lives in the Recreo neighborhood in the city of Managua. Her children are all adults now. She has been selling staple grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products for ten years. Initially, she worked as a cleaning lady in a company, but she saved up some money and now has her own general store. With this loan, she will purchase staple grains, canned goods, and dairy products to offer her customers a variety of products. She gives thanks to the institute for the support that she has received via favorable installments so that she can help her business grow. Her short-term goal is to make home improvements.
Vaifafo Faalele of Samoa.
Vaifafo is 42 and single with 5 children (ages 6 - 16). She is starting a business venture, selling food products in the local community. Vaifafo needs a loan of WST $1000 to invest in renovating the business. She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 250 tala or US $104 per week) to make improvements to her house.
In 2009, Vaifafo joined SPBD. This is her 1st loan with SPBD. SPBD's loans are Vaifafo's only access to capital because she was never able to qualify for a loan with traditional banks.
Elisa Coral Lozano of Peru.
Elisa is a very hard-working and dynamic member. She lives in the city of Pucallpa in the Ucayali region. She is 46, separated, and has two grown children.
She sells beauty products. She has been doing this for four years. Thanks to the loan she received from the Manuela Ramos Movement, her sales have increased. She works giving credit, and she charges daily. She has been part of the Las Tigresas Communal Bank for six years. With her first loan for 300 PEN she bought beauty products.
She currently needs a loan for 3,000 PEN, which she will use to buy articles of clothing and toys to sell to her customers.
Elisa’s goal is to have a boutique and to improve her sales.