God’s in the Clothing Business. No, really … (and he’s our 26th Kiva entrepreneur)

May 8, 2016 in by Sue Braiden

Our Twenty-Sixth Kiva Entrepreneur - God in Uganda - May 2016

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 twenty-sixth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship!

God is involved in the business of selling first-hand clothes. No, really. And the Estrogen Army invested in him today. A young man in Hoima, Uganda raises his younger siblings with the help of his older brother. His name happens to be “God”, and he started a clothing business with the help of a small loan from his brother so that he keep take care of the family. He dreams of building a home for his family, and we want to help him with that!


God is involved in the business of selling first-hand clothes. No, really. And the Estrogen Army invested in him today.

A young man in Hoima, Uganda raises his younger siblings with the help of his older brother. His name happens to be “God”, and he started a clothing business with the help of a small loan from his brother so that he can take care of the family.

God is our May “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva entrepreneur. While we usually fund female entrepreneurs over 40 who are working to lift themselves out of poverty in developing countries where it is very difficult to access traditional forms of funding, this departure seemed so right today. What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to help a young man who is having to be both mum and dad to his siblings?

God’s dream is to use the profits from his business to build a permanent house for his family, and we want to help him with that! He struggles with high transport costs to different markets, and trying to raise sufficient capital to buy the stock he needs. He is grateful for the help his brother gave him with a bit of money to get things started, and says he doesn’t want to disappoint him, and works extra hard to do well.

Through Kiva we were able to invest in God as part of a loan through HOFOKAM, a program targeting poor and geographically excluded populations in Western Uganda. In addition to loans, it provides social and business training programs to low-income entrepreneurs and their communities. Since 2003, HOFOKAM has provided sustainable financial and non-financial services to promote social, economic and sustainable land development and improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations.


God still needs help help closing the gap …

https://www.kiva.org/lend/1065062



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 God (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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