Programs

supporting local and global projects

FFP’s globally sustainable projects aim at creating income-generating or microfinance opportunities for individuals/families/communities in developing countries. Putting FFP’s mission into action, FFP :

  • Supports global projects that provide opportunities to artisans in developing countries
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Read below for our current list of micro-finance projects (in partnership with Kiva) or visit our Kiva lending page»

current programs

Safia Muhammad Ameen's Group, Pakistan

Safia lives in the historic city of Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan which is known for its history and culture. She is a businesswoman who owns and operates an embroidery business at her home. She prepares embroidered dresses for orders she receives from different boutiques and clothing shops. She earns a good profit upon completion of each dress. Due to her excellent embroidery skills, she is very popular in her community and receives regular orders. 

Her husband, Muhammad ameen, has a plastic bean selling business. He buys plastic beans from the city of Multan and supplies them to factories that make plastic bags and utensils by melting the beans. He has been in this business for the past 10 years and has a good clientele base. Safia has applied for a loan from Kiva's partner, Asasah, for her husband’s business. With this loan, her husband will buy plastic beans in bulk, which will enable him to fulfill the larger orders on time. Safia is hopeful that with the help of this investment, her husband’s business will become better and his income will increase, resulting in a better financial position for the family.

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Oyundelger Gombosuren, Mongolia

Oyundelger Gombosuren is 36 years old and lives with her husband and three children in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. She and her family live together in their own ger, a traditional Mongolian nomadic housing tent. Her daughter attends university while her older son studies at the secondary school and her younger son attends a local kindergarten. Her husband works at Javhlant Bogd Co. Ltd. Oyundelger operates a leather goods manufacturing business. She has been engaged in this business since 1996 and since then, she has managed to expand her business by producing more types of products. Today, she produces a variety of products including leather gloves, key rings and holders, and slippers. She has been successful over the years and has built a stable operation. Oyundelger is hopeful for the future and is looking to expand the business. She is a responsible and hardworking person. She is requesting a 3,000,000 MNT loan to purchase leather materials and sewing machines for her business.

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Rwashamaire Tailoring, Uganda

Hard work and determination have made Nuwamanya Edger what he is today. This all began after abandoning his former teaching profession, which helped him raise the capital that he used to develop his tailoring business which he operates from Nkongoro Trading Centre in Ntungamo. 

This seems to be fulfilling for him as he is in position to earn 200,000 UGX on a weekly basis. This has made the 29-year-old married father of two able to cater for his family's needs. He looks forward to achieving his dream of owning a big business in the area and buying himself a car in the future for easy transportation of his business materials. With this loan, he hopes to buy more stock of materials to make good clothing designs for his customers.

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Francisco Aguero, Paraguay

Francisco Aguero is 29 years old. He is married to Maura Cuellar, and they have a young son. They have their own home in the city of San Lorenzo.

Francisco Aguero has had an embroidery workshop in the city of San Lorenzo for 11 years. His wife helps him with the sewing and the machine embroidery. 

Francisco needs a loan to acquire merchandise in bulk at a lower price, such as various types of fabric, t-shirts, caps and other items.

In the future they want to open a branch in the city of Luque, where there is also a lot of commercial activity. 

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Abelardo, Peru

Abelardo, 64, lives in his own home, together with his wife and his 2 children. From Monday to Friday he works as a porter, and in the weekends he works with his wife making clothes. He deals with the tracing and cutting of the bulk fabrics in accordance with the measurements of the garments, and his wife makes them so that they remain uniform. Their workshop is on the second floor of their home, in a favorable spot, where they work late into the night. His greatest joy is that he is doing this work, next to his lifelong parter, together and thanks to constant work, they have gotten their workshop off the ground. Currently their eldest daughter is also working with them; although he says that the greatest difficulty is that still they have not succeeded in doing the finishings of the sleeves and collars of the garments, because they don't have the machine for this job, but in the future they are thinking of buying themselves a coverstitch machine, to finish off sleeves and collars, and in this way they hope to earn more profits. It is the twelfth loan that he has had with MFP and he knows that the money will be very beneficial for improving his working capital, and also he is feeling very satisfied with the performance of the members of the group, because they are people who are responsible with their businesses. Abelardo has planned to invest the requested money on the repair of his sewing machine, and he also wants to buy some accessories, in order to continue making his garments without any worr

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fully funded programs

Ichinnorov Batnasan, Mongolia

Ichinnorov is 29 years old and lives with her husband in Uyurkhangai province in Mongolia. She and her husband live in a ger, a traditional Mongolian nomadic tent.

Ichinnorov makes felt products such as slippers, hats and seat cushions which are sold at a souvenir stand in front of Erdene-Zuu, an ancient Mongolian Buddhist monastery. She began her craft business in 2004 and has since expanded her product line to include deels, traditional Mongolian coats.

Ichinnorov wants to increase her business and her profits by owning her own stand outside of Erdene-Zuu instead of relying on another person to sell her products. She is proud of her sewing abilities and would like to expand her product line even further so that she can broaden her customer base. She is requesting a 400,000 tugrug loan in order to buy more felt and sewing supplies in order to keep her business growing.

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Joseph Kigundu's Group

Kigundu Joseph is a very hard-working and honest man. He is a businessman involved in shoe making and repair and he has been transacting his businesses from Mubende Town council for 12 years. He is 31 years old and married with 2 children both in primary section, and he takes care of other 2 dependents. Over the years, he has been able to increase his customer base because of the experience he has and as a result, he is able to make 300,000/= in profit a month.

Joseph has a dream of buying a shoe-making machine to make his work easier and faster as well as building his own house so he can stop renting. Joseph needs a loan so that he will be able to boost his business by buying new products like thread, shoe soles, heels, rubber, and so on.

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Ta Try Traders Group, Sierra Leone

This is Ya Kadday Koroma, Fattie Issa, Mosses Kamara and Kadiatu Kuyateh. They named their group Ta Try Traders. They are local entrepreneurs in the town of Magburaka, about fifteen miles from Makeni City in northern Sierra Leone. This is the first loan they will receive from Kiva Lenders through SMT. With this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, make more sales and increase their sales-to-profit-margin. As such, their living standard will improve, they will be able to send their children to school, feed and clothe them.

Ya Kadday Koroma (left) is the leader of the group. Ya Kaday is approximately fifty years of age. She was born in Magburaka town, where she currently resides together with her husband and five children. Ya Kaday sells used clothes and palm-oil (the most popular cooking oil). She has been a businesswoman since childhood days. Ya Kaday will invest this loan into her business.

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Maria Susana Batz Barreno

Miss María Batz is 62 years old and is single. She works in the weaving business, making typical belts for women. She lives with her sisters and they all work in the same business, in a small shop with three looms. She has worked for 18 years in weaving. She lives in the Chirijcaja area of Cantón Poxlajuj in the department of Totonicapán, Guatamala. Currently her clientele’s demand has increased, but her economic conditions aren’t enough for her to increase her capital. It’s for this reason that she came to the ASDIR association to ask for a loan with the intention of buying raw material to increase her sales. She is also hoping to help her family so that they will have better living conditions. .

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