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Sri is from Indonesia. She needs a loan of $225 to improve her business by purchasing supplies and ingredients.
Sri is the owner of a little shop where she prepares food for customers. Her plan is to provide a wider menu selection as well as beverages. Currently due to a lack of money she is unable to provide drinks or anything other than snack foods. Her limited menu selection is limiting her income.
The loan from World Vision is going to enable Sri to create a thriving, sustainable business that will attract more customers and increase her income. With her new income, Sri will be able to meet her needs and continue to invest in her business.
Retail is a quick and scalable way to begin earning a profit. Many entrepreneurs begin with stalls at markets or even at home and need a loan to expand or increase their inventory. Others may be ready to open a small store. Goods purchased from loan funds range from clothing, grocery or sundry items to jewelry, candy, perfume or health and beauty supplies. Loans in the commerce sector account for around 33% of our loans.
World Vision began working with the people of Indonesia in 1957, when we hosted a pastors conference. In 1961, a childcare program opened to help orphans and refugee children. By 1967 the program grew to assist some 2,000 children. During the 1970s, World Vision donors sponsored more than 8,000 children, and community development work began in several areas. Today, U.S. sponsors alone support 20,000 children in six community development areas, including Surabaya.
Ministry of Education data shows that many children living in the slums of Surabaya are not attending school. Surveys also found that high numbers of infants die from preventable diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea. This community has schools and health clinics, but the most common factor preventing access is poverty. Families can’t afford school fees and materials, or the cost of clinic visits and medicines. To address these issues, World Vision and community members have determined that improved income opportunities and health and education projects are critical. Community instruction on the importance of child rights and education also were deemed vital to community success.
World Vision began working alongside families in the slums of Surabaya in 2000, and programs designed to provide lasting, holistic, community development are directly targeting approximately 2,045 sponsored children and their families.
Thank you for supporting a small business loan for Sri Wilujeng to expand her food, retail and food services business. After receiving the loan from World Vision, she invested the $225 to improve her business by purchasing supplies and ingredients.
Sri has been repaying her loan on time with her new profits. She makes weekly payments of $5.
In addition to repaying her loan, Sri is using the additional income to pay school fees, buy supplies in bulk and purchase equipment.
Thank you for supporting Sri and World Vision Micro!