No Shoes for Guatemalans?!

How would you feel if you didn’t own a pair of shoes?

Many Guatemalans never have any shoes they can wear. They walk around on their bare feet on the dirty ground. The Emmanuel’s Group is a group of women who want money to make shoes for people who aren’t fortunate enough to have any.

Juana is a 39 year old with three children. She is a part of the group and wants to make as many shoes as she can, but also wants to use money that she raises by making and selling shoes to get her children an education. She didn’t have her own education when she was a girl and knows what her children will be missing out on.

I think this is a good loan because for us, shoes are just part of everyday life, but for the people of Guatemala, a lot of people don’t have access to them. It’s not fair to the Guatemalans.

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Eli S.

No Clean Toilets?!

How would you feel if you didn’t have access to a clean bathroom? 

Well that is the case for many people.  In fact, 2.4 billion people all over the world are struggling to keep their family alive because there are no sanitary toilets.

Marla, a married women with four kids who runs a candy business in the Philippines, is an example.  She doesn’t have a clean toilet for her family.

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In this loan Marla wanted a sanitary toilet for her and her family. She is aware that the toilet will help the environment  and is saving money.

We made this loan because we think that everybody should have a clean toilet. Also, we don’t want people to use the bathroom in places that are unsanitary because it could possibly make a lot of other people sick.

By:Dominic Savino

Edited by: Chloee Simmons

Money vs. Education

You were so proud of yourself when you graduated from Pre-k! Elementary school with its first EOGs and tests was soon left behind.

You come home blabbering about your locker and billions and billions of teachers in middle school. That too was soon forgotten.  Until high school. Little by little, the honor rolls where announced and caps flew into the air! EVERYONE was as happy as high school graduates! The world was perfect!

For you.

Do you see this picture? That is an African School House. Most of those people are adults and it isn’t very big. Imagine going to school in that thing.

In Africa, school isn’t free for everyone. Instead, parents have to pay for their students to go to school.  Many parents can’t afford that, so many kids don’t get to go to school.

Could you imagine having to fight for an education?  That is why I decided to loan to Tasiu.  He is looking for money to send his children to school.  I thought that every kid deserves the chance to learn.


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Poverty is real, and I am helping!

By Eliza A.

The Flu’s Going Around….. Are You Safe?

As spring is coming, the flu is going around. Mostly, people get a flu shot and have recovery time. When we get the flu, you and most people are safe.

But for some people, that’s not the case.

So, what is the flu? It’s short for influenza. It’s an extremely contagious respiratory disease.

When the flu comes knocking on your door, you boost your immune system with the shots that we get.

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But, shots cost money. Most people can afford shots in America, but in other countries, I can’t say the same.

So when the flu comes knocking on the door of Africa and Mexico, the shots aren’t there to save them.

How much is a flu shot? It’s about an average of 40 dollars at a local pharmacy. At other places, it could be more or less.

So that’s why we need Kiva and other loaning sites.  If we help people to have a better life, we are also helping people get the money that they need to get flu shots and be safe.

By: Mathew L.