Feb 9, 2015
It’s a Loan Love Lightning Round!
Let’s make Valentine’s Day truly sweet for Kiva borrowers around the world! You are invited to participate in Kiva’s Loan Love Lightning Round, a flash fund to help support our food producing and vending borrowers. Our goal is to fund 1,400 food businesses by February 14!
Food producers and vendors help support their families and communities in many ways that range from managing farms to selling home-cooked products in local marketplaces. Funding will allow them to do everything from diversifying their selection of crops to buying ingredients in bulk for more savings.
In the past, loans through Kiva have helped borrowers like Carla in Peru to not only maintain and expand their food business, but to also secure income for their families. Carla is a mother of three young girls who makes and sells desserts. You can listen to Carla describe how her Kiva loan helped her in the video below:
Many other borrowers like Yacine from Senegal and Nida from the Philippines run small shops or stands selling home-cooked goods. A loan enabled Yacine to purchase a large supply of millet to prepare more couscous to sell in a village market. With increased revenues, she can support her husband and six children more comfortably. Similarly, Nida also has a large family that she supports with her food vending business by selling snacks and other delicious delicacies. She used her recent loan to purchase more ingredients for her shop and to invest in expanding her business.
Spread the loan love and support a Kiva foodie today!
Beverly is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and has spent the last four years enjoying the bicoastal life as she studied International Relations in her undergraduate program at Boston University. Upon graduation, she interned with the marketing and development team at Asia Society Northern California where she had the opportunity to engage with experts and leaders in the fields of Asian arts and culture, business, policy, and sustainability. After spending a semester living in Shanghai, where she improved her Mandarin and worked for the American Chamber of Commerce, she is now eager to return to China to teach English to students in rural regions. Aside from exploring the world through books, art, stories, food, movies and travelling, she is also passionate about increasing global citizenship and excited to delve into the world of international development by joining Kiva’s marketing team. Currently, she is training for the San Francisco half marathon and can be found watching random TV shows and movies from Jeopardy to Netflix documentaries about gang wars in her free time.