May 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
By Rachel Getz
Graduating Kiva: How a $5,000 Kiva loan helped Victor gain financial independence


This is the final story in our series spotlighting small, independent businesses in the U.S. in celebration of National Small Business week. Show your love for #smallbiz by making a loan on Kiva Zip today and helping us flash fund $150,000 in loans this week!

Victor was born in Mexico and immigrated to America 16 years ago to provide a better way of life and future for his family. After working at a coffee shop for 7 years, Victor was inspired to open his own coffee shop and started searching for a loan. After getting denied from other lenders because of a lack of credit score and no cash flows, Victor came to Kiva. 67 Kiva lenders supported him with a $5,000 0% interest loan to open his first coffee shop.


Read more about Victor at Kiva's Medium page.

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Rachel was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  She graduated from American University with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Finance. While living in Washington DC, Rachel volunteered in the DC Reads tutoring program, giving her the opportunity to mentor and tutor children in literacy. She spent a summer in Tel Aviv working for a high tech start-up company and experienced living in a different culture. After graduation, Rachel spent a year working at Bully Pulpit Interactive, a digital advertising agency, where she managed the data warehouse system in a really exciting political environment.  She took some time off recently to travel on a cross-country road trip and to visit friends in Italy. During her free time, Rachel enjoys watching documentaries, traveling, Barre classes and the beach. Rachel has a strong passion for social justice and is excited to join the Kiva team in order to learn more about microfinance and the impact it can have to foster social change.

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