Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Our First Kiva Business

Yay!!  We did it!  Through personal team donations, we were able to loan to our first business on Kiva!

We chose a woman in Peru named Melita.  She sells clothing to support herself and her children.  Here's just a little bit about her:  

"Melita belongs to the communal Bank "El Arenal".  She is 52 years old, separated from her husband, had 3 children but one died so now she has 2.  

Melita continues selling clothing which she buys in Lima.  Then she travels by river to sell her merchandise or she doesn't sell, she trades for other products.  She is very pleased with how her business is going.  

Everyday for Melita is a challenge.  Therefore she is very happy for the oppurtunity that Manuela Ramos provides her to receive a loan to invest in her business."

Sharing hearts and hands.  From our hands we give to Melita with our hearts!

Keep reading to see how you can help the FDL Team to continue to support other small businesses!

Check out our team on Kiva at: http://kiva.org/lender/fdlteam9642

xoxo

Beth




5 comments:

DAINTYCROCHETBYALY said...

I am very happy to be able to help people like Melita, that work so hard to support her family, I hope we can keep helping others !! go team!

Nora said...

It's a beutiful story even sad but I really find possitive turning someone's mourning into dancing through our help...I hope we can keep doing this and making our lives valuable because of we can see other's trying to grow as business and persons.Kiva's work on this matter is awesome and proffessional!

ei! kumpel said...

Melita seems like a really nice person! I hope this helps her and her family to have a better life!

my little Aura said...

like the idea to help and how Nora said love the idea to help a southamerican....

MissMalaprop said...

I thought you guys might be interested to know that I just set up a Kiva community group for fellow Etsians:

http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=community&action=viewTeam&team_id=728

I just found out through their newsletter that they now have this groups feature, and I know there are tons of Etsy people who also lend through Kiva, so I wanted to make sure we had a group there! I'd love it if you'd join and help spread the word to your members!