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Dreams are universal, but opportunities are not.

1% of every dollar spent with Kalaia goes to fund female owned businesses through a micro-loan program. We are proud to partner with Kiva.org to reach these entrepreneurs and to provide them the financial resources that they may not have through their communities.

Join us to fuel the dream of another hard-working woman around the world!

60 Women we've supported

Liz is the founder of a vegan cheese brand based in Rhode Island, United States. What started out as fulfilling a personal need for delicious vegan cheese turned into a successful business when her friends encouraged her sell her cheese.

Liz has expanded her brand into stores all over New England and is seeking a loan for further expansion.

Rosa is a farmer Masaya, Nicaragua. She is thriving in a male dominated industry with the support of her family. Over the years her business has become a significant source of income for her household.

Rosa is seeking a loan to expand her business with the goal of becoming a citrus and other fruit supplier at the national level.

Nining is the proud owner of a construction supplies business from Pandeglang, Indonesia. She is working hard to build her sand business not only to provide daily needs for her family but also to provide a good education for her four daughters.

Nining is seeking a loan to expand her business with the hope of creating a better future for her family.

Juliana is a 29-year-old entrepreneur from East Mamprusi district in Ghana. With her previous Kiva loan she expanded her business producing and selling shea butter. Juliana is now seeking a second loan to purchase more shea nuts so that she can produce shea butter in bulk and increase her profit margin.

Her goal is to reinvest the profits to grow her business so she can support her family.

Clara is a mom of two from San Marcos, Guatemala who recently lost her husband. She is currently finishing her college degree while managing two businesses, a general store and a restaurant, her and her husband started.

Clara is seeking a loan to expand her business and to purchase inventory so she can provide for her children as a single parent.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, last month Kalaia Cares pledged to donate to an organization that supports women and children in Ukraine. We are thrilled to support UN Women USA with our donation. UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and empowerment of women around the world. They are currently working to ensure priority needs of women and girls’ fleeing Ukraine are met.

Angela (26) is a young mom of two toddlers from Port Vila, Vanuatu. She has been operating a small retail store out of her house with the support of her partner.

Angela is seeking a loan to buy supplies to expand her business so she can not only support her immediate family but also her extended family.

Ambavi is an entrepreneur from Iowa, United States; an immigrant; and a single mom to a 7-month old baby girl. Her lifelong passion for designing outfits led Ambavi to start her own business back in 2018. Her outfits made from African fabrics are now shipped all over the world.

Ambavi is seeking a loan to buy materials, upgrade her equipment, and to pay for increased shipping costs due to COVID19.

Alphonsine is a hardworking entrepreneur from the host community of the Kiziba refugee camp in Rwanda. She owns a transportation company that employs eight people, both refugees and people from the host community.

Alphonsine is seeking a loan to purchase another vehicle to expand her business so she can support her family while creating jobs for others in her community.

Kortinee, a single mom of two and a frontline healthcare worker from Illinois, USA is following her entrepreneurial dreams on the side with her hair care business. After putting her dreams on hold to prioritize serving people in need during the pandemic, she is now ready to expand her business.

Kortinee is seeking a loan to increase production so she can mass produce her haircare products to meet the demand.

Millie, a wife and a mom of two from Puerto Rico lost her job of 11 years in 2020 due to the pandemic. Instead of focus on the negativity, she decided to take the opportunity to follow her passion in the beauty industry and started her own business.

A year later she is the owner of a salon that specializes in lash extensions and an employer of 3 other women. She is seeking a loan to expand her business.

Samar is a wife and a mother of 3 from Hashmeya-Zarqa, Jordan. Due to the low income from her retired husband, Samar started a small home based sewing business to support her family.

Samar is seeking a loan to get new tools and raw material to grow her business so she can continue to support her family financially.

Choice is a 32 year business owner from Jacob Town, Liberia. She started a general store 7 years ago with the seed funding from her partner.

Choice is seeking a loan to buy more charcoal, rice, pepper and water to increase sales. This business provides her children's daily meals. Her dreams are to travel and continue her children's education.

Collette is a wife, a mom of 3, and an entrepreneur from Congo. She started her shoe business in 2001 with the support of her husband and has gradually grown it over the years.

She is seeking a loan to expand her business with the goal of continuing to support her family, especially the education of her 3 children.

Linda is an entrepreneur from Lpeti Colono, Panama who has grown her family farming business over the years with the limited resources at hand.

Linda is seeking a loan to purchase ginger seeds to increase their organic ginger production.

Alexis is an Air Force veteran from Florida, USA. After suffering from acne for years, she embarked on her own journey to create a solution. Today as a Licensed Esthetician and a Certified Electrologist, Alexis helping many others with their skin concerns.

Alexis is seeking a loan to purchase equipment and products for her business.

Yaeng is a business woman and a farmer from Surin, Thailand. She and her extended family live under one roof and make a living by cultivating a jasmin rice farm and making key chains.

She is seeking a loan to buy more materials to make key chains so she can provide for her family.

Margarita is a single mom of 4 children from Gotera, El Salvador. She is a hardworking mom who provides for her family by making and selling silk hammocks; and farm work. Margarita dreams of seeing her children go to college so that they can succeed in life.

She is seeking a loan to buy farming supplies to plant basic grains.

Samantha from Oruro, Bolivia, is a community leader who is supporting a group of women while chasing her dream of building her food business. She is a single mom who lost her restaurant job due to the pandemic but was determined to pave her own way to provide for her son.

She is seeking a loan to buy more ingredients to cook.

Fátima is a mother and an entrepreneur from San José, Costa Rica. She has owned a shoe business for over 8 years where her son works with her to run day to day operations. What started out as an online business has now expanded into a store.

Fátima is seeking a loan to further expand her business beyond her local community.

Dasha is a licensed manicurist and the proud owner of a nail salon that offers a healthier alternative to acrylic nails. Based in Saint Louis, MO, her salon is acrylic and fume-free.

Dasha is seeking a loan to buy new equipment that will increase the quality of their services.

Beverly is a 36 year old entrepreneur from Matei, Fiji who owns a food stall. She is working tirelessly to improve the living conditions of her family and to keep her children in school.

Beverly is seeking a loan to purchase more ingredients to expand her business.

Aurai is from Surin, Thailand, a rural area of the country. She supports her mom, daughters, and grandchildren through her small business that makes and sells sculptures.

Aurai is seeking a loan to increase production and expand her business.

Charmagne is a single mom of a 13-year-old daughter and a breast cancer survivor from California, United States. After facing a life changing experience with her diagnosis, she started her business with the mission to create non- toxic products for her customers.

She was seeking a loan to expand her business.

Rosalind is from California, United States and the owner of an acupuncture clinic in Los Angeles. When the New York based franchise she was part of closed their doors due to COVIDI 9, she opened her own practice to continue to serve her clients.

Rosalind is seeking a loan to manage the increased costs associated with COVID19.

Madhu is from California, USA. She is an engineer by trade but became a designer and an entrepreneur as she created a solution to a problem she faced as a new mom.

Madhu's patent pending diaper bag idea was first funded through Kiva two years ago and she is seeking a second loan to expand her business.

Deysi is a young entrepreneur and the owner of a food preparation business from Sucre, Bolivia. She learned to cook from her mom and has many aspirations for her future including expanding her business and buying herself a home.

Deysi is seeking a loan to purchase an industrial stove.

Eka is a mom, a wife, a nurse, and a talented artisan from Bali, Indonesia. She is building her business while working at the hospital as a nurse so she can provide a better future for her children.

Eka is seeking a loan to purchase wood and other supplies needed to meet the demand during the holiday season.

Rohayati, a 48 year old mom of two and an entrepreneur from Lebak, Indonesia owns a business that sells gas cylinders. She has owned this business for 10 years and the income has helped not only cover their day- to-day expenses but also to provide her children a good education.

Rohayati is seeking a loan to buy inventory and hire staff.

Rachna is a 45 year old entrepreneur from Battambang, Cambodia. She is married with a child. Rochna has been running a grocery store for five years.

Rachna is seeking a loan to restock her store so she can earn more income and improve her family's living standard.

Micki, former special educations teacher and a mom of a special needs son from California, USA, is the owner of a small business that educates the caregivers of special needs children and adults.

She is seeking a loan to cover the working capital needed to implement Teletheraphy to continue to serve her clients during COVID 19.

Marshelle, a small business owner from Colorado, USA, is the owner of a gym that's exclusive to women and children.

She is seeking a loan to cover the basic expenses and pay her employees while they pivot to provide virtual fitness classes for their clients during COVID 19.

Melissa, an entrepreneur from Montana, USA, challenged the status quo and chose to follow her love for the land by starting her own farming and processing business.

She is seeking a loan to help install an irrigation/fertigation system; and to build a website and other social media platforms to market her business.

Shadia, a 20 years old entrepreneur from Makindye, Uganda started her spare parts business when she was 16. Shadia, a wife and a mom who is working hard to support her family, is dreaming of expanding her business and building a home.

Shadia is seeking a loan to increase her inventory.

Maria is seeking a loan to purchase farming supplies and to hire more people to increase corn production.

Maria, a widow anda mom of 3 grown children from Sensuntepeque, El Salvador. She takes care of her grandson who is in school while managing her farm.

Mousumi is a 36-year-old entrepreneur from Nadia, India. She is engaged in the handloom business and makes beautiful sarees.

Mousumi is seeking a loan to purchase more threads in bulk to increase her production as her current income isn't enough to support her family of four.

Luvenika is a 34-year-old mom and a wife from Ma'ufanga, Tonga. She runs a flea market business because her husband's income as a taxi driver cannot support the family. Her vision is to build a new house for her family.

Luvenika is seeking a loan to pay for the freight of the goods that just arrived at the wharf.

Rita from Ainaro, Timor- Leste, has owned an operate a General Store since 2012. She supports her family through her growing small business.

Rita is seeking a loan to increase inventory to further expand her business. Her goal is to build her store to a much larger business in the future.

Kayissan is a 32-year-old entrepreneur from Agoe, Togo. She is building her spice business on the side while managing a restaurant. Her goal is to create financial freedom for her and her family through her small business.

Kayissan is seeking a loan to increase inventory to meet her customer demand.

Maria's big dream is to provide better education for her son. She is seeking a loan to purchase more supplies for her store.

Maria is a single mom from San Miguel Centro, El Salvador. She followed her mother's footsteps to start her own home-based store.

Gissel is a 22 year old entrepreneur and a young mom to a 4 year old son from Esmeraldas, Ecuador. With the help of her parents she started a home based store with the hope of creating a better future for her son.

Gissel is seeking a loan to increase inventory and to grow her business.

Lydia is a 29 year old mom of two with a 10th grade education from paynesville South,Liberia. Following her mom's footsteps Lydia started a business selling charcoal. Her big dream is to one day open a charcoal warehouse.

She is seeking a loan to buy additional inventory.

Norma is a mom of two from Sensuntepeque, El Salvador. She is the owner of a home based business where she sells pupusas (stuffed tortillas) and eggs. Norma dreams of her children growing healthy and of putting her store in a more strategic location.

Norma is seeking a loan to purchase some equipment.

Laura is a wife and a mom of two from New York, USA. Laura is the proud owner of an apparel company she started from the scratch and manages with her husband.

Laura is seeking a loan to purchase a new embroidery machine to increase sales.

Lei is a 54-year-old widow and a single mom of eight children rom Savaii, Samoa. She has a small business a Plantation Where she grows taro to support her family.

Lei is seeking a loan to buy equipment and supplies to improve her business

Pamela is a 20 year old young entrepreneur from Tulcan, Ecuador. After graduating from high school, she had to forge a better future for herself because her parents were not able to put her through college. Pamela took control of

her future by starting her own farming business and looking for a loan to increase her crop.

Christy, a mom of two from Baton Rouge, Louisiana started her spice business a year and half ago with the support of her husband.

She is seeking a loan to finance the the purchase of the raw materials needed to fulfill the orders of her growing business.

Ghada, a 35 year old mom of two from Aley, Lebanon, started her retail business 10 years ago. She is the primary provider for her family and her children.

A year ago, Ghada expanded her home- based store to a retail location and currently seeking a loan to further expand her business.

Emilia is a young entrepreneur from San Miguel, El Salvador. Inspired by her mom, Emiliia started a catering business out of her home two years ago.

She is seeking a loan to grow her business with the goals to one day expand her business into a proper location.

Eloisa, a 26 year of young entrepreneur and a farmer from Cabanatuan, Philippines is seeking a loan to purchase fertilizer for her crop. Eloisa has been engaged in the farming industry for almost four years, where

she grows calamansi (a citrus fruit) and eggplant to make a living.

Goundo, is savvy, young entrepreneur who leads and partnered with five other women to start a wax fabric business in Senegal. She is a wife and a mom of 10 children who is on a mission to provide her children a better education.

Goundo helps others to dream big while pursuing her own dreams.

Taele is a 48-year-old mother of 7 children living in Faleasiu, Samoa. She owns and operates a small business of selling elei printing materials at the market to earn a living. She has been doing this for more than 5 years. With this loan,

Taele hopes to build a small elei shop in her village and expand her business.

Vicenta is a hardworking entrepreneur and an owner of a home based clothing business from Ita, Paraguay.

She was seeking a loan to expand her business so she can provide her loved ones a decent life

Nazish Jahan is a 40-year- old entrepreneur, wife and a mom of three children living in Sheikhupura, Pakistan.

In order to support her family and to improve the quality of living, she started her own business of stitching women's dresses 10 years ago. Nazish is seeking a loan to help expand her business to meet the customer demand.

Margaret is a mom, wife and a hardworking entrepreneur from Kericho, Kenya who is determined to provide her family a better future beyond a decent living that includes a roof over their head, clean water and electricity.

Her main source of income comes from their tea farm and Margaret is seeking a loan to help increase their harvest.

What started with a homemade mint tea with turmeric juice led to a home-based business that promotes love and wellness through herbal tonics, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, vegan foods and desserts.

Jacquelyn was seeking a loan to open their first cafe to expand her business.

Joyce owns a cocoa farming and trading business in Uganda. She is married and a mother of four children. She cares for her children, including paying school fees, with the income from her small business.

With the help of this loan, Joyce looks forward to expanding her business into a big cocoa store.

Concepciön has been operating a general store for 3 years from her home in El Salvador. Her husband is a carpenter and she only received a 7th grade education.

She works everyday from 5:30am - 7:30pm so she can support her family and provide a better future for her son.

Malaea is a single mom of 6 children in Samoa who is working hard to build her pancake business to provide for her family.

She was raising money to expand her business so she can use her profits to provide her children a better education.

As a married parent of four children, Bergie works hard to support her family. She has a native bamboo wall making business in the Philippines, and also earns additional income working at the general store.

She hopes that her hardwork will help her attain her dream of sending her children to college.

An immigrant from the Republic of Georgia (former USSR), Shorena is an entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York. Following her mother's footsteps,Shorena started her own clothing business in the United States

she was seeking a loan to expand her business.

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