Monday, September 7, 2015

Changing lives with Kiva

At Clarendon Square, we support Kiva which is a non-profit organization focused on connecting people throughout the world through lending. By leveraging the internet and a large network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets you lend as little as $25 to help with different causes around the world. Through our partnership, we have been able to touch over thirty lives through Kiva.


Read more below about the lives we have been able to help around the world. 
Job is from Mokopane, South Africa and has a two-year-old son named Mpho. Job is earning a B.A. degree at Maharishi Institute in Business Management. The Maharishi Education for Invincibility Trust (MEIT) extends educational opportunities to poor and historically excluded students in South Africa. Upon graduation Job wants to start his own construction company and hopes to move somewhere new to start his business because traveling inspires him. This loan from Kiva is helping to pay for one year of tuition plus living expenses so Job can focus on his studies, support his son, and begin his path to building a strong and successful future. 
Wendy is from San Miguel, El Salvador. Currently, Wendy works in a school cafeteria in a district close to her community. She used to work in her mother's business selling food and soft drinks while gaining experience on how to run a small business. This loan is helping her to start her own business selling food and refreshments, as part of a project to help young men and women in El Salvador launch their own businesses. Unemployment for young people is high in El Salvador, a fact that motivates many of them to leave the country instead of searching for work. With this loan, Wendy hopes to run a successful business, support her family and stay living in her beautiful country El Salvador.


Menaka is 29 years old and lives in a small rural village in Dhupguri, India. She is a mother of two young children, her daughter Sampa is 10 years old and is in the 5th grade. She was struggling in school academically and needed the additional support from a private tutor. Unfortunately, Menaka’s family could not afford the cost of a tutor or adequate studies materials to help Sampa. Through this loan from Clarendon Square, Kiva made it possible for Sampa’s family to purchases books, supplies, school uniforms, pay for school fees, and enroll her in private tutoring classes. Menaka is optimistic this will support Sampa in being successful in school and getting her daughter closer to her dream of becoming an engineer.


Join the movement today! For more information on how to start your Kiva loan visit http://www.kiva.org. And if you book a stay for Clarendon Square online, you can make a donation to Kiva at checkout.



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