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Our Twenty-fourth Kiva Diva: Rita in Bolivia (March 2016)

March 28, 2016 in by Sue Braiden

Our Twenty-Fourth Kiva Entrepreneur - Rita in Bolivia - March 2016

Rita is our March “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva entrepreneur. This 51-year-old mother of 2 lives in Tarija, Bolivia, and has been making costume jewelry for a year now. She dreams of opening her own shop, and we’re helping her make it happen!

Our Eighteenth Kiva Diva: The Mothers of Chandika, Nepal (September 2015)

September 29, 2015 in by Sue Braiden

Our Eighteenth Kiva Entrepreneur - The Mothers of Chandika, Nepal - September 2015

This month we’re celebrating our seventeenth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship by helping Ingrid, a 49-year-old widow and mother in Columbia. Ingrid has a dream about rebooting her business in a way that will allow her to share her own designs, and we were excited to have the chance to help her with that adventure! Read on to learn more about how you can too …

Our Seventeenth Kiva Diva: Ingrid in Columbia (August 2015)

August 11, 2015 in by Sue Braiden

Our Seventeenth Kiva Entrepreneur - Ingrid Libertad in Sabaneta, Columbia - August 2015

This month we’re celebrating our seventeenth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship by helping Ingrid, a 49-year-old widow and mother in Columbia. Ingrid has a dream about rebooting her business in a way that will allow her to share her own designs, and we were excited to have the chance to help her with that adventure! Read on to learn more about how you can too …

Our Sixteenth Kiva Diva: Maria in Bolivia (July 2015)

July 23, 2015 in by Sue Braiden

Our Sixteenth Kiva Entrepreneur - Maria in Bolivia - July 2015

This month we’re celebrating our sixteenth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship by helping Maria, a widow in Bolivia, who is living with her son. While she retired, she’s wants to open a restaurant and start a new business, and we were excited to have the chance to help her with that adventure!

Our Fifteenth Kiva Diva: Astajona in Uganda (June 2015)

June 7, 2015 in by Sue Braiden

Our fifteenth Kiva Entrepreneur - Astajona in Uganda - June 2015

Believe it or not, there actually IS something better than chocolate! Investing in a cocoa farmer 🙂 This month we’re celebrating our fifteenth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship by helping Astajona, a cocoa farmer and widow with 2 children in Uganda. Read on to learn more about how we’re helping, and how you can too …

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

April 27, 2015 in by Sue Braiden

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

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. Learn more about how we’re helping, and how you can help too …

Our Twelfth Kiva Diva: Myriam in Columbia (March 2015)

March 31, 2015 in by Sue Braiden

Our Twelfth Kiva Entrepreneur: Myriam De Jesus - Medllin, Columbia - March 2015

Myriam is a 62-year-old seamstress, widow and mother of two. Both of her children have their own families. She is alone at home and struggling to generate enough income to survive. Myriam has been working hard from her small home-based sewing shop since 1984. Her biggest worry is keeping her business alive in the face of competition from new and upcoming tailor shops, at a time when she doesn’t have the same agility she had a few years ago. We’re helping Myriam buy thread, fabric and brooches. With these materials she will have the working capital she needs to better compete in the market with our March “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship. She still needs a little more help!

Because of YOU, Nomagugu in Zimbabwe was able rent rent a shop, expand her business and send her kids to school.

December 21, 2014 in by Sue Braiden

Nomagugu in Zimbabwe

Hey, sister Adventure Divas! You might know how excited we get around here about the “Do Good” part of our Mini Mission statement, so it’s a happy day when we can report back on how an investment in a sister diva made a difference!

Remember Nomagugu in Zimbabwe? We were able to help her give herself a hand up this past June. Nomagugu is a 35 year old widow with 3 children. She not only runs a grocery store (which our investment is helped to restock), but also makes time to volunteer as a Learning Guide, teaching students life skills, and as a behavior change facilitator at the local clinic. You can imagine how eager we were to invest in someone who invests so much of herself in others.

Even better? We can share her success story with you now! Nomagugu used the loan we helped provide to purchase goods for her business, and also to rent a shop at the local shopping center. The injection of capital made the business more viable, and that helped her make more profits.

She is now able to send her children to school without problems, and provide food for her family, which has been a struggle in the past since she is a single mother.

Of course every Adventure Diva has big dreams, and Nomagugu is no exception. She wants to expand her business, and perhaps venture into something new in her community.

We’re grateful to Sinikiwe Makove from Camfed in Nkayi, Zimbabwe for sharing Nomagugu’s good news with us.

Our Ninth Kiva Diva: Ivone in Mozambique (December 2014)

December 7, 2014 in by Sue Braiden

Our Ninth Kiva Diva - Ivone in Mozambique - December 2014

This month we’re celebrating our ninth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship by helping a 49-year-old widow who dreams of launching a new business.

Ivone has two children, both who live with her. She is also responsible for two grandchildren.

She makes her living through the business she started in 2005, selling door to door every day, and making deliveries to her customers.

We’re helping Ivone buy building materials (cement, rebar, and beams) so she can expand her home and offer her family a more comfortable life with our December “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship.

Her biggest dream is to build a house to rent out.

Our Fourth Kiva Diva: Arafa in Kenya (July 2014)

July 31, 2014 in by Sue Braiden

This month we’re helping “Arafa”, a widow in Kisauni, Kenya, purchase a water tank and install a water tap for her business. Our fourth loan will also help Arafa and her four children, who live in a house with no electricity or piped water.

Arafa has operated a business selling fresh water for the past five years, selling from home to her neighbours. She faces a major challenge of seasonality, especially during the rainy season when business is slow.

She dreams of expanding her business and establishing another business in the near future.

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