Thank you to everyone who purchased a Mother’s Day Cards For A Cause this year and helped us fund 7 Kiva loans for mothers around the world! $1 from each card went towards helping moms grow and improve their businesses. Once the loans are paid back, it will be used to lend to another mother creating a wonderful cycle! Please meet these momtreprenuers below! You can also view their profiles on our Kiva Lender Page.
Through Atiliay’s collaboration with B.A.R.E. Soaps, we were able to help fund a Kiva loan for Hope, a hardworking mother living in Kamwenge, Uganda. She makes a living as a tailor as well as selling second hand clothes. She started this business in 2006 with an intention of increasing her household income. She plans to construct a permanent house and have her children educated. She was lacking enough capital to meet the increasing demand for her business. With her Kiva loan she plans on buying more pieces of clothes to sew and second hand clothes for her business.
The women of the Vijayalakshmi Group are from Thanjavur, India. Vijayalakshmi is the leader of a group of 5. She is 38 years old and the mother of two school-going daughters. Currently, she contributes INR 3,000 ($45 USD), by working as an agricultural laborer, to the total household income of INR 9,000 ($135 USD). Most of this income goes towards her daughters’ education and other household expenses, leaving them with hardly any savings. At this point, Vijayalakshmi has decided to start her own venture of thread making, something she has not been able to start due to the lack of capital required to make the initial investment. The other members of this group have similar motivations for starting their own microenterprises. Since the prices of raw materials to start their businesses are on the rise and the lack of savings are impeding their aspirations, they decided to come together and seek a loan and are grateful to their lenders.
Zeenat is 56 years old and the mother of 3 children living in Jhang, Pakistan. Zeenat is very skilled in the art of hand embroidery and has been using this skill for many years to earn a living. She started her embroidery business to help increase her family’s income. Her loan will enable her to purchase more beads, threads, and frames to meet the orders of her customers. Zeenat’s dream is to be able to provide a quality education for her children.
Felicia (pictured on the right) is part of the Twifo Traders No. 4 Group (the other member is Baby, on the left). She is from Twifo Praso, Ghana, and is 52 years old with 5 children ages 30, 28, 26, 24, and 22. Two of her children are stil in school. Felicia has been a seamstress for 26 years and currently has 11 apprentices. She is requesting a loan to stock her shop with sewing accessories to help enhance her business. She will use her profits to provide for the educational needs of her youngest two children and other household expenses. Providing quality education and a strong future for her children will go a long way in reducing poverty in her household.
Parigul is a 32 year old mother with 5 children from Hamadoni, Tajikistan. Hamadoni is located in the southeast of Tajikistan and is a fertile farming region. Parigul is described as a positive, sensitive, and kind-hearted woman who has been growing fruits and veggies for 3 years. Her husband helps her with everything and they work the land together. This year Parigul has decided to plant melons and watermelons. She is applying for this loan to buy the seeds and fertilizers.
Thank you to every customer and each shop that carried our Mother’s Day cards for helping us lend to Hope, Nenita, Zeenat, Vijayalakshmi Group, Julia, Felicia, and Parigul! I hope you enjoyed getting to know each of these strong, intelligent, and hard working mothers from around the world!