Duane always had an entrepreneurial spirit growing up in Brooklyn, New York. He channels his creativity, worth ethic and big heart to provide a unique business service to his community.
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Celina is a single mother and entrepreneur who repaid 100% of a Kiva loan that helped her meet the high demand for her dry fish business. One day she hopes to open her own retail shop.
After graduating from cosmetology school, Natalie continued to work full-time in other jobs while building her hairstyling business part-time and balancing her responsibilities as a new mother. When she finally made the leap to pursue her passion for hairstyling full-time, she developed natural hair-care products for African American women like herself who embrace the natural beauty of their hair. Natalie’s biggest motivation to grow her business is to provide her child with a future filled with opportunities.
Becoming a fashion designer was always Guadalupe’s dream even though she never had any formal training. After having her third child, Guadalupe struggled in an unsafe home situation. She took taught herself how to sew and found that the more she sewed the more confidence she gained to make the changes she needed in her life. Now she wants to give that gift of self-confidence to other women
Did you know: Over 1.7 million borrowers have had loans posted to Kiva, and the loan repayment rate is 98%!
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Avelino is a 62-year-old coffee farmer from Peru who repaid 100% of his Kiva loan. The profits from his agricultural business go toward providing a better life for his family.
A Kiva loan helped 65 members of the Leik Kan Village in Myanmar to hire temporary workers from nearby to help with seasonal weeding for their farms.
Studies have shown that women invest more of their earnings in their families, for essentials like nutrition, medicine and housing, compared to men. About 75% of Kiva borrowers are women and many invest their money back into their families and communities.
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Jacqueline’s journey involved depression, health issues, loss and a difficult childhood. She shares her vulnerabilities and challenges openly in order to help others who face similar struggles. Jacqueline’s mission is to become a role model to others and offer personal branding workshops that allow people to take control of their lives and become their own #1 fan.
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The idea of a plus size thrift store for teen girls and women is a dream that Ailsa has held onto for over 10 years. A year ago, Ailsa was given the opportunity to finally open her dream business but as her family was just getting back on their feet from being homeless for over 6 months, the timing didn’t work out. As a plus size woman herself, Ailsa is hoping to create a space in her community that provides a nurturing and positive experience for women to acknowledge their worth.
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