Kiva Sunday

While I completely agree with Kiva’s goal of partnering with organizations that focus on loans to women, this does tend to mean that men on Kiva get no love at all, especially the ubiquitous Central Asian Man With Grocery Store, a close cousin of the Central Asian Man With Cow.  So here are a few deserving y-chromosome folks:

Tofiq Mardanov in Azerbaijan

Tofiq Mardanov in Azerbaijan -- only a few days left to fund!

Tofiq Mardanov has always been a hard-working man. He made sure from a young age that his family never went without their daily bread. He is married with four sons. Tofiq has a store where he sells different kinds of goods, such as cosmetics and home products. Thanks to his perseverance and dedication, Tofiq began his enterprise 8 years ago, with a starting capital of 100 USD. His salary as a accountant wasn’t enough to cover basic needs of his family. Since then he has expanded his business and it has become a family affair, with his whole family helping. Tofiq needs to buy more goods to increase the range of his inventory, so he is requesting a loan of 2000 USD. He is ready to work even harder, make sacrifices and push to achieve his goals and become a successful entrepreneur.

Juan Carlos in Bolivia

Juan Carlos in Bolivia

Juan Carlos is 35 years old, is married, has 2 children, and lives in a rental. Juan Carlos has been a salaried worker in sugar production for 4 years. He is the assistant to a welder. He also has income from motorcycle rentals. This loan will be used for refinancing and to pay the remaining balance on a rockola, a modern-day jukebox.

Edwing Antonio Campos Gutierrez in Nicaragua

Edwing Antonio Campos Gutierrez in Nicaragua

Edwin Campos, 36, lives in the Villa Reconciliación neighborhood in the capital city of Managua. He and his wife have three children; they are 6, 17, and 19 years old. The children go to school. His wife works as an elementary school teacher to help the household.

Edwin has a taxi. He uses it every day to travel the streets of Managua in order to support his family, even though he gets very tired from his travels looking for customers. He has worked as a driver for four years. Before that he worked for a private business. But, they cut back on personal, and with the liquidation he bought the taxi.

He will use the loan to invest in replacement parts and maintenance for his taxi to be able to give his customers good service.

[I am curious as to his choice of hood design…does that mean something else in Nicaragua?]

Khadim Diouf in Senegal

Khadim Diouf in Senegal

Khadim Diouf is 29 years old. He is a Koranic teacher in the Médine district of the city of Mbour. He is requesting a loan for acquiring sound equipment for the religious singing he leads. This equipment will be rented out and is going to generate funds as revenues for him.

Jethro Hongayo in the Phillippines

Jethro Hongayo in the Phillippines

Jethro Hongayo is from the municipality of Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental. He is 33 years old. Jethro is married and has 1 infant child. To make a living, Jethro owns and operates a sari-sari store (a general store). The main source of income for the business comes from selling rice retail in the local community. Jethro has been engaged in his business for over 1 year and earns approximately 9,000 PHP a month for these activities.

Ali in Lebanon

Ali in Lebanon

Ali is a 42-year-old man who lives in Nabatieh, Southern Lebanon, with his wife and their three children. He has been working as a blacksmith for 20 years. Ali requested a loan of $2000 US from Al Majmoua in order to purchase tools and iron for his work. This is the first time that he has requested a loan.

Ali is has a reputation for his good work. His clients are people from his region. When he first started his business, he had difficulty building a network. Ali decided on this business because he wanted to improve his financial situation. In the future, he plans on expanding his business.

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