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Ria is from Indonesia. She has 2 children. She needs a loan of $375 to repair washing machines.
Ria, the mother of two, lives in Surabaya with her husband. She has a laundry business and needs a loan to repair washing machines when they break down. She has stiff competition and can't afford to have any downtime in her laundromat.
A World Vision microloan will allow Ria to have money to make immediate washing machine repairs and afford her the opportunity to grow her business and remain competitive.
The additional income will provide a better life for her children, pay for school fees and provide some savings so she can keep her laundromat fully functioning.
In areas where the poor live alongside the more affluent, businesses in the service sector can be very successful. Services include flower cultivation, tailoring/sewing, transportation, repair work, beauty salons and barber shops, and restaurants. Loans are needed to begin, expand, or sustain business with tools and supplies. Loans given to entrepreneurs in the service sector account for around 7% 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 Ria Handayani to expand her laundry services business. After receiving the loan from World Vision, she invested the $375 to repair washing machines.
Ria has been repaying her loan on time with her new profits. She makes weekly payments of $9 .
In addition to repaying her loan, Ria is using the additional income to maintain or repair equipment, pay school fees and buy supplies in bulk. Ria's 2 children continue to study in school.
Thank you for supporting Ria and World Vision Micro!