Tafa from Samoa
Tafa is 47 years old and married with 11 children. She has a small garden where she grows tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, pumpkins, and cabbages that she can sell in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for four years.
Tafa needs a loan to buy vegetable seeds, a wheelbarrow, a rake, nails, barbed wire, and fertilizer for her garden. She has been a member of SPBD since 2009. Tafa will use the profits from her sales to improve her family’s living standards.
This one was given because I am grateful that I got hired on at my 2nd job…and got even more hours the first two weeks than I expected. I haven’t received a paycheck yet…but I had enough in loan repayments to make this by only adding in 1.82 (which was actually for the administrative fee)...I will make another in the next couple of weeks out of my first or second paycheck, then I’ll be 1/4 of the way done with this goal!! :-) 5 days ago
My 16th loan went to Saidkhon, a married man Tajikistan who has three adult children. His wife is a housewife and Saidkohn began his own business as a drive two years ago. Saidkhon has always wanted to provide for his children with a good quality of life. His son is going to go Russia to find a job. Saidkhon must buy an airplane ticket for his son, but he does not have money for it. He is asking for a loan of 5000 Somoni to buy the ticket. 3 weeks ago
Since I got hired on permenantly at my new job, I thought it was a good time to give a little back! I only had to put in 7.03 since I had some repayments waiting in there.
This one goes to the Zenzontle Group for materials to make hammocks. This one is from the ‘art’ category. 1 month ago
This month’s loan went to Tat’yana, a Ukranian farmer. Since 1998, she has been engaged in growing grapes, sunflowers, barley, corn, and herbs. Her husband and two children help her to manage the farm. Her eldest son works as an agronomist. The development of the activities began with growing melons and watermelons on a plot of 40 hectares.
Tat’yana and her husband decided to buy the wire and posts for suspending young grapevines. 2 months ago
Goes to the Buenaventura Group in Paraguay. It is my first under the “health” category and I wish them well in thier business ventures. :-)
I enjoy doing the Kiva loans…I’ve had three paid back in full and two of the remaining five are more than 50% paid.
this loan was made entirely from repayments as I am flat broke right now. :-( 3 months ago
My February loan went to Abeer, a 35-year-old single woman who works for a private company in Jordan. Abeer has four younger siblings, all unmarried. One of her siblings is a university student who works to pay for his university fees. Abeer has applied for an educational loan to help her brother pay for his educational fees, as his final paycheck was not enough to cover them. 3 months ago
After completing my 12 Kiva loans in 1 year, I really felt inspired to continue giving. I had a little over in $23 in credit and so this month was only about $5 out of pocket. It’s cool to see that money I’ve lent is redistributed. What a great circle of giving.
This month’s loan went to Wilbur, a 26 year old man, living in Bolivia. Wilbur and his wife Marlene have two young children.
Little by little they have managed to strengthen their farm, where they produce raw milk and sell to the industrial milk plant. Milk production is intensive in the area. They have a good dairy herd that the family manages, selling a large part of the production. Their livestock is a high-quality breed. They work on land their parents gave them.
Currently they need to buy a gate for the entrance to the house and farm. In previous years he has been able to build walls on his property, and they’re not protected. This means the cows could leave or undesirable people could come in and steal something. This is why he’s requesting the loan to build a wall to protect his cows. 4 months ago
went to a collective in Bolivia…one of the members wants to buy yarn for her knitting business which suppliments her household income. What can I say, she is self taught and I wanted to donate to someone who knits… :-)
This loan was made with all personal funds (no repayment money) due to an influx of cash that will help me pay my monthly bills while looking for job that I both like and which (I hope) will make me decent $$...it’s my thank you to the universe for a little help along the way. :-) 6 months ago
Goes to Elena for educational purposes. She is trying to get a laptop for her daughter to use in her university studies. This was done mainly through loan repayments, I added in 4 adn change, and most of that was for the Kiva fee. :-) 6 months ago
Went to Bun Chhan in Cambodia for a vehicle and kitchen repair loan. It is my first “personal use” loan…it is always hard to decide to whom my measley $25 should go to…I’ve had good experiences so far…2 of my previous 4 loans have been paid off and the remaining two are both a little over 15% paid back.
Hopefully I can get another one by the end of September. :-) 38 to go! 8 months ago
Was to Marisol in Nicaragua. This loan was made a few months ago, while I didn’t have internet access and I kept forgetting to update this goal. Marisol’s loan was for a craft business. :-) 8 months ago
Goes to Ran Sok in Cambodia…I had hoped to give another loan before this, as this one was made from repayments only, no additional money by me (excpet the service fee from kiva itself), but I’m trying to get custody of my kids and extra money is not on the menu right now. :-)
I very seriously though about pulling the money out of Kiva altogether, but really the 25.00 won’t make a significant differnece right now for me, but for someone else can help a lot when pooled with other funds, so I elected to keep the money in and hopefully next month I’ll be ablet to add a fourth loan from new funds. :-) 14 months ago
Goes to a Peruvian woman hoping to fund her daughters education. My first loan (Phillipines) is 75% paid off, so I used the 18.75 that was paid back from the first loan + 10.00 (8.45 of which comes from the “found money” jar”...the rest came from my bank account, which was only 1.55), this included the 3.75 that Kiva tacks on for “operating costs.” :-)
So, I have two loans “in progress” and once I find some more money (and/or more money is paid back from these two loans), I’ll make a 3rd loan. :-)
More updates as funds allow. 17 months ago