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Tilted Tiara is deeply committed to the empowerment of women throughout the world. Empowering women is the key to economic growth and to improving the quality of life for women and families throughout the world. Through Kiva, Tilted Tiara is sharing a portion of any show proceeds by providing funds to support loans to women in Canada and throughout the world. Everyone has dreams, not everyone has the funds needed to enable those dreams.
Get to know the women that we have all helped through Tilted Tiara.

Gema is 24 years old. She is in a domestic partnership and has a seven-year-old son with her partner. Her partner is a merchant. They live in Picoaza, a place known for being a commercial area, its traditional San Pedro and San Pablo festivals, and the happiness of its people.


Gema and her partner work selling home products. They sell tableware, sheets, towels, pots, spoons, knives, blenders, and a variety of other cooking utensils. While he travels through the city with a car he owns, she sells items at a stall that she sets up in the town, a place where merchants like Gema are allowed to sell their products and where she can make some money, which, in addition to what her partner makes, allows them to get ahead. This loan is to buy pots, plates, spoons, blenders, and various products that he sells. Her dream is to have a store in the city.

Early every morning ─ when the birds and crickets are chanting their sweet melodies to give way to the new sun ─ Linet jumps out of bed and prepares for a busy day. Her smile brightens the day of everyone she meets. Although the ups and downs of growing commodity crops have become more frequent and severe, Linet has continually gained skills and experience in farming.

Her primary source of income has been milk, eggs and crops. She also has a small business to supplement her meager income from farming. To sustain her family, she offers her produce to specific markets with specific needs, thus increasing her revenue.

Linet has applied for this loan to buy inputs to improve productivity on her farm. Greater profits from an increase in yield will change her life and that of her entire household because she'll be able to raise their living standards and pay for her children's education. Lend now to keep this smile shining.

Dilcia is 33 years old. She lives with her husband and their three children in the municipality of San Pedro Sula, Cortés. For 10 years, she has worked on her own planting of coffee and vegetables such as chile peppers, tomatoes, radishes, and coriander. Previously, she did the household tasks. Her harvests are sold in the local market to obtain income. She plants the crops at the home where she lives.

The loan that she has applied for is for the quantity of 20,000 lempiras, with which she is going to buy fertilizers and compost to maintain the coffee plantation and her vegetable crops. 

Her dream is to be able to obtain an excellent production and thus manage to export it.

Hanaa is a 28-year-old refugee who lives in Al-Jalazoon camp. Her husband works in the public sector, where the salary is very low. 

She decided to help her husband and take a part of the financial responsibility. This loan enable her to open small beauty salon in the neighborhood. Hanaa hopes that you will be convinced of her condition and finance her loan.

Zeneyda is a hardworking and responsible woman. She is requesting a loan to maintain her coffee crops. Zeneyda will invest in the purchase of compost and pay for labor to help with the tasks of fertilizing and regulating shade. 

She has six years of experience this in line of work. In addition, she sells secondhand clothes and makes Nicaraguan tamales on the weekends. Zeneyda has loyal customers who buy her products. She has three children who are in school. With her profits, she hopes to obtain a good harvest and generate more income so that she can continue feeding her family and supporting her children’s education. 

In the photo, Zeneyda is wearing a pink blouse and a green skirt.

Rizza is a 38-year-old businesswoman from Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. She is happily married to Edgar and blessed with 5 children, who are still pursuing their studies. She has been farming for almost 5 years. 

Her loan will be used to buy materials, like cement, steel, hollow blocks, and lumber, for the renovation of their house. 

Haolah. She is 47 years-old and married with three daughters and two sons. Royanah and her husband have been selling gas tubes in the Lebak District for eighteen years. Still, their income is barely enough to provide for their basic needs. They would like to improve their living conditions and create a happy and healthy life for their children.

Today her family has no access to water in their home and must rely on the river for bathing. Her family income is insufficient to build a water source but Haolah will be able to repay the loan received.

She and her family want to live a healthy life with clean water. Haolah is very grateful for the opportunity and wants to thank to all lenders.

Maysoun, who appears in the photo, is a 42-year-old who lives with her family in Hebron city. She is a mother of one son and three little daughters. She tries hard to raise them in the best conditions and cover all their needs. Her husband works in the public sector, where he earns a low income that is barely enough to cover the basic needs of the family. 

Maysoun requests a loan to buy a new sewing machine. In her neighborhood, especially, there is no stitching. Maysoun hopes that you will help her in starting a new beginning to raise her little kids in better conditions.

Rosa, 37, is married and lives with three children and a grandson. The home she lives in is a rental. Rosa is a day laborer, and she raises small animals. Her husband works as a bricklayer. When he has large contracts he is away from home for months at a time, leaving Rosa in charge. She is soliciting a loan to buy pigs to fatten and sell during the religious holidays when demand for pork increases. The loan will help to buy piglets, feed and potatoes to raise them. This business investment will help to increase her income and help cover the costs of her children's education.

Aizhan is 46 years old, married and has 2 sons and 2 daughters. She has a high school education and is sociable and hardworking by nature. Since 2008, the main source of income for her family has been from raising livestock. On her farm today, there are 1 cow, 5 sheep and 1 horse. Aizhan plans to use the income from the loan to repair her barn and home, and part will be reserved to purchase a car for the family.

Kidawa is in her mid 30s. She is married and blessed with three school-going children. She is a food vendor. She has been in this business for three years. She opens her business from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. She earns profit and managed to pay back her first loan successfully.

She is applying for this loan to more kilos of rice, cooking fats, spices and different ingredients and to employ one person to help her serve customers.

Her dream is to become a big business woman in the near future.

Kidawa will share this loan with her loan group members of Tindwa Group.

In this group: Kidawa, Helena, Mariam, Sara

Yasira is a 38-year-old woman who started her career as a teacher. Being a teacher, she realized that school owners in her community are entirely business oriented. They just want to increase their income and do not focus on the quality of education they provide in their school. Therefore, she decided to establish her own school. 

There are 126 students enrolled in the school and 41% of them are female students. The aim of the school is to promote personal development, lifelong learning, and achievement. Due to a lack of money, there are unfulfilled needs of the school. For example there is shortage of classrooms and furniture in the school. Therefore, she has requested an amount of PKR. 300,000 to purchase furniture, construct additional classrooms, and get the old classrooms repaired.

Uulkan’s farm has 5 cows, 15 sheep and a horse. She tries to invest all the accumulated funds in the development of her agricultural business and in improving living conditions. 

Uulkan began construction on her house, but she still needs funds to complete it. Uulkan appealed again for a 150,000 KGS loan to buy building materials to insulate the roof of the house. With revenues from the business, she plans to buy livestock and to complete construction on the house.

Merabelle is a hardworking entrepreneur who has a fishing business in the Philippines. 

She is borrowing PHP 27,000 to purchase fishing materials like new fishnet, gasoline for her boat, rope, etc. for her fishing business.

Merabelle has been in this business for five years. Merabelle earns more income from seaweed planting.

She successfully paid back her previous loan, and now she has requested an additional loan to further build her business. She dreams of saving money to expand her business in the future.

Thanks to her hard work and the support she received on her previous loan, Marie Louise's business is developing well. She thanks the Kiva lenders who supported her previously. Thanks to their help, she was able to purchase the necessary ingredients to make potato chips. 

Marie Louise generated enough income to pay her bills and also save some money. In order to satisfy customer demand, Marie Louise plans to use this new loan to purchase additional ingredients.