Our Thirteenth Kiva Diva: Lillian in South Sudan (April 2015)

Our Thirteenth Kiva Entrepreneur - Lillian in South Sudan - April 2015

Kiva is a crowd-funding site supporting entrepreneurs in developing countries. Through the Estrogen Army project we will be investing in women who would otherwise have a difficult time accessing traditional loans to fund their own adventures.




Today we’re celebrating our thirteenth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship!

With our April “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship we’re helping helping Lillian, a 42 year widow mother raising 4 daughters in South Sudan on her own, buy cement to finish the house her husband had started to build for them before he died.


This month we’re celebrating our thirteenth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship by helping Lillian, a 42 year old mother raising 4 daughters in South Sudan on her own now as her husband recently passed away. We’re helping Lillian buy cement to finish the house her husband had started to build for them.

The poverty rate in South Sudan is high, with over 50% of the population living below the national poverty line. South Sudan is an active conflict environment that is extremely difficult for microfinance institutions to operate in due to ongoing conflict, social and political instability, lack of basic infrastructure and extreme poverty.

WOYE is a microfinance institution in South Sudan that helps fill the gap in microfinance services to low-income people, like Lillian. WOYE’s mission is to work with women and youth in South Sudan to improve their economic power through access to financial services, entrepreneurial skills and increased opportunities for livelihood and self-reliance. Their goal is to empower low income women and youth and enhance their confidence in income generating activities through increased access to credit.

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

We’re helping Lillian buy cement to finish the house her husband had started to build for them with our April “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship.

She still needs a little more help!

http://www.kiva.org/lend/873765


Want to help us create a little more uplift for women?

We welcome you to join our lending team at Kiva …

http://kiva.org/invitedto/estrogenarmy/by/estrogenarmy

If you’d like to assist Lillian (or another hard working Kiva entrepreneur) and have your loan counted as part of our “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva lending team, you can indicate that at the time of your loan, or can even set us as your default lending team here:

http://kiva.org/teams/my-teams

When you click the link you will see “Lending Teams I Belong To” part way down, and a pull-down menu below that allowing you to set your preferred team.

If you’re not a Kiva lender yet, you can invest in entrepreneurs in developing countries for as little as $25. Click the link below for an invitation:

http://kiva.org/invitedto/estrogenarmy/by/estrogenarmy

Thanks a bunch for giving us a hand in giving others a hand up!

Namaste,

 

Sue

 

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