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Puri is from Indonesia. She needs a loan of $225 to purchase merchandise for her grocery store.
Puri, a mother of one, lives in Surabaya city in Indonesia where she runs a kiosk selling various grocery and toiletry items as well as mobile phone cards for a living to support her family. Though she would like to improve her store and manage it in a competitive manner, she has not had the extra money she needs to invest in it.
With a loan from World Vision Puri will be able to purchase more merchandise for her grocery store. This will increase her sales and her profits to better provide for the needs of her family. She will also be able to reinvest in her store. In the future, Puri plans on buying a refrigerator so that she can sell cold drinks as well.
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.
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