Charities and Communities Assisted
Mahasen is from Jabalia City in the Gaza Strip. She
has one child, for whom she is trying very hard to provide. She started
sewing clothes to sell in order to help her husband provide for living
expenses. The financial assistance through Palestine For Credit &
Development (FATEN) will help buy a sewing machine, yarn and fabric to
enhance her sewing business; ultimately enhancing her family's income.
Mrs. L?'s |
Mrs L? is 33 yrs old, married and with three children.
Her children are in school. Mrs. L? lives in Nong Cong district, a rural
area in Thanh Hoa province. Mrs. L is a farmer. But she doesn't earn enough
to help finance her children's education. The financial assistance will help
in keep her children in school, by paying tuition fees, acquire books and
school supplies, and a bicycle for their transportation.
Mrs. L? would like to save enough money so she can afford to send her
children to college.
In 2013, L? joined the Thanh Hoa Microfinance Institution to improve her
business. L? has successfully repaid seven loans from the Thanh Hoa
Altynai is 49 and divorced with one son. She has a high school education and
works selling groceries, primarily flour. Through Bai Tushum Bank, micro-financing
will help her further develop her business, by purchasing additional inventory of
food products for resale. Her dream is to save enough to build a home.
Putri Nabu Group
Putri Nabu is part of 19 women group who help their husbands farm to provide
for their families. The lack of rain this past season has dramatically
reduced their crops, and harvest. To supplement their farming, the women
also run small businesses out of their homes. The microloans help prepared
their farms for new crops, and help grow their business at home.
Maria, 44 years old, is one among a nineteen women group. She has a husband,
and 3 children, who are all in school.
To help her husband pay for their children's education fees, she runs a
business raising chickens, piglets and goats. The financial assistance will
help her buy additional piglets, which ultimately bring enough revenue to
pay for children's tuition fees and books.
Currently, she really needs support money to purchase 2 more piglets.
Somerville Homeless Coalition
The mission of the Somerville Homeless Coalition is to provide homeless and
near homeless individuals and families with individualized supportive
services and tailored housing solutions with a goal of obtaining and
maintaining affordable housing.
The CitySprouts develops, implements and maintains beautiful,
resource-rich school gardens in collaboration with public school
communities, integrated into the curriculum,
CitySprouts gardens inspire
teachers, students, and families with a deep, hands-on connection to the
food cycle, sustainable agriculture, and the natural environment.
New England Center for
Homeless Veterans (NECHV)
Founded in 1989, is one of the Nationís largest private resource
providers to homeless Veterans of every era who face challenges
and are at-risk of homelessness.
NECHV offers an array of services that enable success, reintegration,
meaningful employment and independent living.
Current NECHV Veteran programs include Education, Clinical Support,
Employment and Housing.
Cat Rescue, Inc.
Black Cat Rescue is a No Kill cat rescue organization in Boston, MA. Black
Cat Rescue's volunteer network of foster homes
is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless black cats and kittens by
providing foster care while seeking permanent
homes. As an organization, Black Cat Rescue works to improve the public image of
both black cats and animal adoption. Black Cat embraces the No Kill
philosophy and movement. Black Cat accepts owner
surrenders as well as strays directly off the streets or from local shelters
and rescue organizations.
Boston, MA 02110 1210
Phone: (617) 426-5505
FAX: (617) 426-5577
Teen Voices - SHOUT (Sisters Helping
Other Unheard Teens).
Founded in 1988, Teen Voice's mission is to support and educate teen girls
to amplify their voices and create social change through media.
They do this
through after-school journalism mentoring program, SHOUT!, and
publications, Teen Voices and Teen Voices Online. SHOUT! is the journalism
mentoring program which results in the award-winning online and print
magazine Teen Voices.
Teachers Without Borders
Teachers Without Borders works to close the education
divide through teacher professional development
and community education. We work primarily,
but not exclusively, in developing countries,
in order to build self-reliance, health, and
Teachers are the largest single group of trained
professionals in the world AND the key to our
children's future. However, teacher training
is often uneven, protracted, or unsupported.
Teachers need our assistance; otherwise, we
are left with poverty, lack of development,
and a gaping digital, educational, and economic
divide. If the key to economic development and
our young people's future is education, then
teachers should have resources, tools, and access
to the Internet, as well as each other.
Children's Hunger Relief Fund
Hunger Relief Program is one of the only relief agencies still active in the remote areas of
Darfur, Sudan where the needs are very critical. Thanks to compassionate
people like you, CHRF were able to bring in several tons of desperately
needed relief during last fall's
trip. CHRF is planning another trip as soon
as possible and ask that you would continue to remember the Darfuri people
in your giving. Please click on one of the links below to learn more.
3305 Washington Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly
national non-profit, volunteer-based organization committed to relieving
isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Little Brothers-Friends of the
Elderly offer, to people of good will, the opportunity to join with the
elderly in the celebration of life.
Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly believe in, and nurture, the
philosophy that feeding the soul (with companionship, friendliness, and
flowers) as well as the body (with good food) promotes both the physical
and mental health of the elderly, enabling them to remain independent and
avoid costly and impersonal institutional alternatives.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
hopeFound is dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness among men and
women by helping them to achieve self-sufficiency, and to secure and
maintain permanent housing.
To become a recognized leader of innovative and measurably successful
programs that help people overcome barriers to self-sufficiency and
Second Chance Shelter - Cats
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Second Chance Shelter for Cats is a no-kill home-based shelter in the Forest Hills
neighborhood of Jamaica Plain and a network of loving foster homes, friends,
sympathetic veterinarians and feline rescuers, working to reduce the number
of homeless cats in our backyards and on our local Boston streets. Second
Chance are strictly NO-KILL. They believe that no one has the right to judge (as many
shelters do) who is deserving of his or her own life. They euthanize only when
a veterinarian concludes an animal is terminally ill with no hope of
recovery. They are not staffed
during the day, and receive no state, city or federal funding, and are
purely run by volunteers who give their time and money for love of the animals.
They all work
paying jobs during the day and care for the animals every evening. They use many private foster homes, so potential adopters must be screened first and
come by appointment only.
The City School
Dorchester, MA 02125
The City School develops and strengthens the
power of youth to work toward building a just society. We
do this through creative education and critical thinking, leadership
development, action and service, and promoting understanding and
relationships across difference.
City School is a vibrant and unique youth organization in Boston that brings
from Boston's diverse neighborhoods and
outlying communities in programs that combine
creative education and critical thinking about social justice issues with
hands-on leadership, learning, reflection and action.
Home for Little Wanderers
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The Home for Little Wanderers is a nationally renowned, private, non-profit
child and family service agency. It has been part of the Massachusetts
landscape for over 200 years, making it the oldest agency of its kind in the
nation and one of the largest in New England. Originally founded as a
orphanage in 1799 (see history for more details), The Home today plays a
leadership role in delivering services to thousands of children and families
each year through a system of residential, community-based and prevention
programs, direct care services, and advocacy.
Our mission is to ensure the healthy emotional, mental, and social
development of children at risk, their families, and communities. The Home's
work is guided by a belief in the right of all children to be safe, nurtured
and developed to reach their full potential. Although seemingly
insurmountable obstacles are sometimes placed in their way, children's
resilience combined with the support of caring adults can make anything
Boston, MA 02118
Rosie's Place, a sanctuary for
poor and homeless women, offers emergency and
long-term assistance to women who have nowhere else to turn.
Founded in 1974, Rosie's Place welcomes each guest with respect and
unconditional love. Rosie's Place accepts no government funds, and relies instead on committed
volunteers and private supporters to accomplish its effective and innovative work.
Boston, MA 02116
Everyone deserves to live in a safe, comfortable, and well cared for home.
Haley House in Boston makes this possible by providing access to affordable housing in
desirable neighborhoods. This not only fosters a sense of community, it
affirms a person's dignity every time he or she comes home.
Haley House is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that uses food
as a vehicle to help alleviate suffering, build new skills and bring
Food | Food Market
Hidaya is a 22-year-old entrepreneur and lives in the Kilombero district.
She is starting a venture selling rice in her community. The proceeds will
help her earn basic necessities for her family. she also works part time as
a Camfed teacher, teaching life skills for students in high school.
Priyanka is a cheerful and hardworking woman of 23 years. She is married and
the mother of a small son. She and her husband are raising their son
together. She lives with her family in a small village of Alipurduar
She sews varieties of garments and is the only seamstress in her community.
Microloans assist people like Priyanka purchase modern sewing machine and
stitching material to enhance and continue her business, and help serve
Food | Grocery Store
Kamala is a 20-year-old young entrepreneur from Alipurduar, West Bengal. She
studied up to grade eight. Her husband Mridul is engaged with a clothing
business. Kamala runs a small grocery store in her community.
Mrs. Feliza Gonzalez Mejia is married and has 2 daughters and
4 sons. She sells french fries in the center of San Francisco el Alto,
Totonicapan with the help of her husband. He is an assistant bricklayer.
Feliza buys her supplies in the center of Momostenago on the market days of
Sunday and Wednesday, and also raises domestic animals such as cattle, cows
and pigs, and sells them there.
She is the coordinator of this group of women from the Jutacah farming
village, Xequemeya, Momostengango in the Totonicapan Department. They are
women who have been working for the last 8 years, and have decided to
increase their working capital. That is the reason why they went to the
ASDIR of Pologua offices- to help finance their work and thus improve the
quality of their lives.
Tural Hasanli is a 30 year-old man who runs his own cafe in Agsu city. He started his business only a year ago and despite this his cafe
has become very popular because of the good quality service. Tural`s monthly
income is 250-300 AZN.
Tural bought this place and he is now ready to renovate it. He has applied
for a loan of 1,000 AZN in order to improve his working place. Tural is
working very hard to meet the needs of his two children.
Byabasita Tukwatanise Group, Ibanda
In Byabasita, Ibanda, business can blossom if one summons up
those two, always-neglected, business winning factors: planning and hard
work. He has been a wise planner and as a result, 42-year-old Ngabirano
Willy is basking in the glow of his ten-year-old commercial agriculture
Willy has been banking on this business to cater for all his family's needs.
That is a clear testimony that hard work pays. He also mentions good
customer handling skills as a requisite factor that should not be glossed
over if one is to fully succeed. This he says creates good rapport with his
Willy has mostly been selling maize, beans, cassava and millet. His dream is
to expand his business further with the acquisition of this loan. He also
wants to see to it that all his children are all in good schools. With this
loan, he wants to buy more crops like coffee that he will later resell, but
he also wants to expand his trading activities beyond Ibanda town.
Karla Argentina Aguirre Lopez
Karla Argentina Aguirre Lopez is an enterprising woman who
has her sales stall in the Israel Lewite Market; she sells bags, school
supplies, slippers, shoes, umbrellas and soft-drinks. She is open for
business from 7am until 6pm and she has an employee that tends to customers.
She is married and has two children one of whom is still school-aged.
She will use the funds to buy stock merchandise for her business: bags,
school supplies, umbrellas, knapsacks, slippers and shoes.
Karla Argentina states that all the loans from Ceprodel have been used for
Razia Begum Asghar Ali's Group
Asasah, a partner of Save the Children
Razia begum is very supportive to her family. Previously, she
took a loan from Asasah. Her husband started a grocery shop by using the
loan amount. Now she has applied again for a loan because she wants to
expand his business by putting more grocery items in his shop.
Razia is a seamstress by profession. She sews clothes for neighborhood
clients and for her relatives as well. She receives reasonable charges from
them. Her earnings help her to share the financial burden with her husband.
She lives in a city called Riwind, in Pakistan with her husband and five
children: two daughters and three sons. Three of the children are attending
school while the other two help their family financially by doing jobs in
the factory. The children couldn't get an education due to poor financial
conditions. Razia begum is hopeful that her husband will be able to increase
his income and help his family to live better standard of life.
Manzooran Ramzan's Group
Through Asasah, a partner of Save the Children
Manzooran lives in a small city of Vehari Pakistan. She has
three children who couldn't complete their education due to a lack of
financial resources. Her husband is a painter. To help support the family
financially, Manzooran does domestic sewing by receiving orders from her
neighbors. She earns a reasonable income from them and uses this to pay for
She is applying for a loan for her son, who sells cosmetics products. He
wants to increase the variety of products that he sells by adding more
creams, lotions and other cosmetics products to sell from his cart. It will
help him increase sales and hence his income will be improved which will
help his family to better their living standard.
The FLAMECOS community group meets every 28 days at Collpani,
a Pro Mujer office. Its president is Gregoria Quispe, 60, who has operated a
business selling "chifleria" (a herbal medicine) for two years. She needs
the loan to buy merchandise. Gregoria operates her business at the La Ceja
market in the Bolivian city of El Alto. Her daughter helps her and they work
there every day.
The other members of the community group have various sales, production and
Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC)
Virginia Gimena is from Oroquieta City. She is 51 years old.
Virginia is married and has 3 adult children. To make a living, Virginia
owns & operates a business in the services sector providing waste management
services. She buys & sells junk & other waste material for local businesses
and community members. Virginia has been engaged in her business for over 4
years and earns approximately 7,000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2005, Virginia joined PMPC to gain access to financial services to help
improve her living situation and to engage in business activities. Virginia
has successfully repaid a previous loan of 14,900 PHP from PMPC. Virginia is
requesting a new loan of 14,900 PHP to be used to purchase additional
plastics & other recyclables to sell. This will be the 6th loan taken out by
Virginia from PMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from
the business to improve the general living conditions of her family.
Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC)
Through Thanh Hoa Poor Women (FPW), a partner of Save the Children
Son Van Commune in Dong Hai, Thanh Hoa is by the side of the
river. The population is dispersed, and the people suffered many hardships.
Group 03 Son Van Commune, Dong Hai has 7 members. Mrs. Le Thi Thuy Van, born
1984, is group leader. Despite of young age, she is very active. She heard
about the Fund and encouraged her neighbors to borrow money to find ways to
change their poor lives that have long been linked to agriculture. Her
husband is Mr. Nguyen Hong Trung, born 1983, and they have a small daughter.
With the money, they will buy pigs and chickens to raise. They also sell
fruits in spare time. Each members in the group borrows VND1,626,900 (about
San Jose De Nahuinpuquio Group
The St. Joseph of Nahuinpuquio Village Bank (loan group) is loacted in Huancavelica state. This community is located on the highway to
Huancayo, where "La Morenada," a traditional Carnaval dance, brings
community members together. There is a lot of commerce and agriculture in
the region; local produce is exported to Huancayo and other cities.
Maria Victoria is married and has five children. She sells potatoes and
vegetables in the Acobamba and Izachaca Markets. She says that before FINCA
(Kiva's Field Partner) came, there were no loans for the people of her
village, or if there were, banks asked them for property titles or other
financial guarantees. With the help of her FINCA loans, Maria Victoria buys
more vegetables in Huancayo and earns more. Her dream is to open a dry goods
Amna Ashiq Hussain Group
Amna baji is a 48-year-old married lady who resides in the
city of Borewala in Pakistan. She owns a two-room brick house which she has
been living in for the past 5 years. Amna baji is an uneducated lady, but
she knows the importance of education; in fact, she believes that knowledge
takes a man or woman from the earth to the sky. Her husband's name is Ashiq
Hussain, and he is a policeman who works at the police station nearest to
her community. Amna baji has two kids: one son and one daughter. Her son
works in a factory, while her daughter is in the 3rd standard.
Amna baji has a medicine sales business. She has 6 years of experience in
this business. Specifically, she buys medicines from the wholesale market,
and she later sells such medicines to medical stores. She has already
successfully repaid one prior loan from Asasah (a microfinance institute of
Pakistan). Now she is applying for another loan to expand her
Los Claveles De Morenita Group
El Bancomunal Los Claveles de Morenita is located in the
Huancavelica district of Yauli, Ambato. Amidst the trees and pastures, lie
adobe houses made with straw. The countryside is beautiful and there are
plenty of domesticated fowl in the area, hens and chickens. The principal
activity of the community is the production of mantas
pullas - colorful belts made
of synthetic fiber and also with Alpaca wool.
Kimly Chay Group
Five people in Sala Lek Pram village will be forming a group.
Mrs. Kimly Chay is the group leader. She sells clothes in the local market.
Her business activity improved largely lately, so she would like to expand
her business. Unfortunately, Mrs. Kimly Chay does not have enough money to
buy more new fashion clothes for her customers. Thus, she decided to ask for
a loan for this purpose. Mrs. Kimly Chay is 55 and the mother of two
children, one of whom owns a small restaurant where breakfast is sold to the
villagers. The other one is a cake maker and seller. Her husband, Mr. Sun
Erm, is unemployed and he usually assists his wife in the market.
Hussein David's Jamaica Group
Hussein David, age 28, is married with a one year old
daughter. He sells spare parts, which he started one year ago. He opens his
business from 2am to 7.30pm daily and is able to make a monthly profit of
Hussein has taken out 1 previous loan from Tujijenge Tanzania to increase
capital for his business. He hopes to get a new loan to help increase
business. Hussein will share this loan with his subgroup members selling
clothes, soft drinks, beer, and clothes.
Maimuna's Makuti A Group
Maimuna Hassan, 51 years old, is a widow with four children
(ages 28, 26, 24 and 20). She has operated two businesses - a retail shop
and used clothing sales - for two years now. Working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
daily, she is able to make a monthly profit of about $95.
Maimuna took out one previous loan from Tujijenge Tanzania to start the used
clothing business. She now hopes for a new loan to increase capital for both
In the picture, Maimuna is third from right middle row with a black scarf.
Nasira Qasim's Group
Nasira Quasim is 42 years old, and her husband is 50 years
old. She resides in a two room brick house in the city of Kasur, Pakistan.
Nasira make decorative embroidery and sells flour for a living. She has
applied for a loan of $1,200 in order to expand her decorative embroidery
business. She has been joined by several other entrepreneurs to form a loan
group: Violet wants a loan for her paint business; Hamidan wants a loan for
her shuttering business; Naziran wants loan for her cycles business; and
Shaheen wants a loan for her animal food business. The loan funds will be
distributed among the group members, each of whom will invest in their own
businesses. The members mutually guarantee one another's loans. If one
member does not repay, the other members are responsible and will make up
The group Girasoles [Sunflowers] is made up of three
diligent, hard-working and decisive people. The coordinator is Mr. Dismar de
Jesus Calero Hernandez who is a clothing merchant for four years now. He
will invest in a greater quantity and variety of merchandise such as
blouses, shirts, pants, jeans, skirts, etc.
His co-members in the group are Patricia del Carmen Garcia who sells used
clothing and Ana Cristina Torre who sells clothing and cosmetics, more of
which she will purchase using the loan.
Amarilis Del Establo Group
Mrs. Davalos Fuertes is 24 years old, she has two small
children. She is part of the group " Amarilis Del Establo" whose 8 other
associates live in the Ramiro Priale area, a district of Carabayllo.
Mrs. Davalos Fuertes is in charge of running her grocery store, a job
demanding her entire day. She began the business with the encouragement of
her brother who encouraged her and assured her success. Business hasn't been
bad but she continues working with enthusiasm to grow the business since
this is her main source of income. Thanks to the business she can cover her
familie's expenses, slowly fix up her home, and pay for her children's
schooling. Her next goal is to pay off her home.
The loan requested would be vested towards the purchase of beverages to
stock the grocery store.
Dona Georges Djidonou
Dona Georges Djidonou was born in 1975 in Aguegue, in the
district of Oueme. He is married to Felicienne Kpatinvoh, a hairdresser.
Georges has three children, all of whom attend school. He has lived with his
family in Ekpe, in the commune of Seme-Podji, for eight years. The couple
shares the family's responsibilities and expenses. George stopped attending
school before high school. To support his family, he sells a variety of
products, such as canned sardines, tomatoes, milk, peanut and palm oil,
eggs, pasta, soap and plastic bags. His boutique is located in his home. He
has had this business for five years. A seasoned client of ALIDe, he has
already received and repaid three previous loans. He has requested this
fourth loan to strengthen his business and improve sales which will increase
Bridge over Troubled Waters
Bridge Over Troubled Waters's
prevention, intervention, and education services. Serving 2,433 youth ages
14 - 24 each year, Bridge offers a comprehensive range of health,
educational, career and housing services. Bridge is the only agency in the
Boston area to provide a continuum of age-appropriate services.
Alternatives to Community Development and Environment.
REEP: Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Program.
ACE builds the power of communities of color and lower income communities in
New England to eradicate environmental racism and classism and achieve
environmental justice. We believe that everyone has the right to a healthy
environment and to be decision-makers in issues affecting our communities.
CRINE is a non-profit HIV/AIDS research
organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with AIDS by
publicizing new treatment options, facilitating access to life-prolonging
medications, and uncovering community resources. They have been instrumental
in helping Boston-area AIDS patients and their families cope with this
Charles River Center
Charles River Center, provides employment and job training, residential
homes, therapeutic day programs, and recreational programs for children and
adults with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.