Epic Waves Sunday School Class Supports Kiva

Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.  Our Epic Waves Sunday School class has been making contributions to the program for the past year.  Below are the people we've helped to accomplish their goals.  They all have such wonderful stories and we're so thankful to be able to support them.

A loan of $4,800 helped a member to buy 80 chickens.

Ishara Group's story

Bishikwabo is an entrepreneur, an owner of a chicken farm, and a member of the loan group "Ishara", a client of the microfinance institution Hekima. She is 29 years old, married, and has four children. Three of them are in school and one of them is still a baby. She is going to buy 80 chickens to bolster her activity. She started her business three years ago with the capital she received from a loan. Finally, she thanks Hekima for the support they bring to non-bankable entrepreneurs.



A loan of $1,575 helped to purchase high quality feeds for 10 members to look after their ducks, for good egg production.

Kyon War Village Group's story

Featured borrower, Hla is 34 years old, married with two children and both of them have secondary education. Hla does crop farming and also raise ducks; to sell eggs and he also raises pigs, for savings. Since, Hla and his wife have years of duck farming experiences, they are always careful to be gentle with their ducks, as it effects the egg production rate. 

The loan from Proximity Designs will help Hla's family purchase feeds for both current use and store for the future. He intends to invest revenue from livestock to the field and as well to have developments in all the businesses. 

Above are the members from Kyon War Village Group, named Hla, Than, Sein, Ko and Zaw. This loan will help 10 members, expand their duck raising business and purchase high quality feeds. As, to get well cared and balanced feeds are very crucial, duck raisers work hard to raise their birds well. 

Kyon War village is located in Myanmar Ayeyarwaddy River, Delta Region. Besides duck farming, for business, families do fishing, tailoring and agricultural productions.



A loan of $2,475 helped to purchase three cows in order to expand her business.

Gulmira's story

Gulmira is 54 years old, married, and the mother of two children. She has a college education and by nature, she is friendly and responsible. She has been involved in animal husbandry and agriculture for many years, two activities that constitute her family's main source of income. She started in this business 20 years ago. Thanks to her very hard work, she currently has four dairy cows, two young bulls, two heifers and two horses. She also grows clover and strawberries on three hectares of land. In order to further grow her business, she has turned to Bai Tushum Bank CJSC and requested a loan of 150,000 som (KGS) to buy three cows. She is planning to use the earnings from her loan to further expand her farming business. In the future, she also wants to save enough money to treat her son to a lavish wedding ceremony.


A loan of $350 helped to purchase marine plywood, nails and plain sheet for house roofing.

Josie's story

Josie has enthusiasm in managing her farming activities in Silangit, Tangub City. Aside from doing her hobby, she is earning as well. Since she wants to be more productive, Josie engages in a snack vending business to expand her resources. Being a microfinance member of PMPC, she diligently pays all her obligations from her earnings. Josie hopes to provide her family with safe and comfortable living quarters, so she requested a loan to purchase marine plywood, nails and plain sheet for house roofing. Josie wishes to earn more from her business to continuously benefit her family.


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