Men and women around the world want to get their families out of poverty. They want to provide their families with healthy food, clothing, shelter, and education. Many of these hardworking people have good business ideas – they just need a way to get started. Below are just a few examples of the different business types you can fund through Micro.
The Agriculture business sector covers all farming and livestock activities. Some entrepreneurs request loans to help in securing supplies and equipment. Others want to buy more animals to breed or purchase feed and medicines. The majority of our loan clients live in rural communities where agriculture is already understood as a business model. It is for this reason that approximately 50% of our loans are in the agricultural sector.
George is from Kenya. He needs a loan of $100 to invest in his farm.
For more than 5 years George has operated his small business in the Osiligi region in Kenya. He grows corn to sell to customers in his community.
George has asked for a loan from World Vision to expand his business. He would like to invest in his farm in order to support his family.
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.
Nancy is from Kenya. She needs a loan of $350 to purchase more clothes.
For more than 5 years Nancy has operated her small business in the Bandaptai region in Kenya. She sells clothes to customers in her community.
Nancy has asked for a loan from World Vision to expand her business. She would like to purchase more clothes to support her family.
She cares for 1 additional dependent in her home.
Entrepreneurs with specialized skills can apply for a loan in the manufacturing sector. Examples of businesses in the manufacturing sector are making and selling clothes, shoes, machine parts, baskets…the list goes on. These savvy entrepreneurs see the opportunity in their community and, with the help of a loan and their unique talents, can establish their niche. Only 3% of our loans are in the manufacturing sector.
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.
Jennipher is from Kenya. She has 3 children. She needs a loan of $200 to expand her business.
For the last 5 years Jennipher and her husband have operated her small business in the Voi region in Kenya. She provides beauty salon services to customers in her community. She also has 1 employee to help run her business.
Jennipher has asked for a loan from World Vision to expand her business. She would like to expand her business which will increase her income.
Jennipher is 41 years old and the mother of 3 children, all of whom are currently studying in school.
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