Ilene has a soft spot…
She remembers all too well what it was like when she started Call Center Plus. She had three kids to support and the business was slow in growing. There were many long days and sleepless nights when she wondered if she would make it.
But she did make it…and she is so grateful she did! And she never forgets what those early days were like. So now she tries to give back when she can. Here are two ways she makes that happen:
1. New Business Discounts
Are you a new, start-up business? We know how overwhelming and scary it all can be. Let us know you are a new business and we will waive your set-up fee and give you 100 free minutes per billing cycle for the first three months!
2. Kiva Donations
Ilene donates 1% of her business profits to Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva makes it possible for people to lend money to other individuals throughout the world, providing safe, affordable access to capital to those in need. In turn, this helps them create better lives for themselves and their families. To find out more about Kiva go here.
December 2015 Kiva Recepients:
These borrowers belong to the “JUNTOS PODEMOS” [“Together We Can”] communal bank. This bank is located in the district of Cusco, which is in the province and department of Cusco. Hilda still has her book store, and is a very enterprising and responsible woman. She hopes to earn more income with her business, which is doing very well due to the effort she puts into it every day. She continues selling her writing tools such as notebooks, books, pencils and other items. She would like to continue working so that she can keep on supporting her family. She is requesting a loan to buy paper, cards, pencils, pens and other items. The borrowers are grateful for the loan and for those who are a part of this dream, and promise to make their payments on time. The person with their face covered does not belong to the communal bank.
Zaina is a business woman who sells food products in the city market, a member of the loan group Malaika, a client of IMF Hekima, and a 50-year-old married mother of seven, all of whom attend school. She is going to stock up on 700 kg of beans to strengthen her business. She started her business with the capital gotten from her husband ten years ago. In the end, she thanks Hekima for the support they give to unbankable entrepreneurs.