Tisano joins KIVA social micro-lending… free $25 to lend…

When I began sourcing cacao I knew nothing  – absolutely nothing about the realities of farming in the developing world. After two and a half years working hand in hand with our local partners; the farmers, local NGO’s, our organic certifiers and the Ministry of  Agriculture we learnt, hands on, how hard it is for a small stake farmer to not only get his product to market at a fair and decent prize but most importantly where to turn to for support to run his farm like a business. In venezuela no one from the private sector was offering Micro-credits or supporting the farmers and we stepped in with the communities that we worked with. We contribute preharvest and also portion 2% of our profits for our farming communities.

Recently a friend of ours pointed us to KIVA.org – they are a social and cloud platform for funding for micro-credits to small business owners in the developing world. They have helped over 60,000 individuals with over $200 million in loans.

We want to be part of this social change and ask you to join us: we set up a Chocolate and Tea Lover’s sponsoring team, for a limited time they are giving away $25 dollars per new user to lend to someone in need

Follow the link to help alleviate poverty and contribute to small farmers worldwide:



Venezuela Cacao Farmers

Pedro, Cacao Farmer - 03/2009, Venezuela

We recently helped fund Charity Nteere in Kenya to help her buy a new cow. She is a tea farmer in Kenya and with the purchase of a new cow she can sell the milk, make cheese and generate greater revenue to help her family and invest more into the farming.

Charity Nteere in Kenya Tisano sponsored her tea farm

Charity Nteere in Kenya, Tisano sponsored her tea farm August 2011 @ www.Kiva.org

Some info on Kiva.org:

(below extract from their website)

Why we do what we do
We envision a world where all people – even in the most remote areas of the globe – hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others.
We believe providing safe, affordable access to capital to those in need helps people create better lives for themselves and their families.
How we do it
Making a loan on Kiva is so simple that you may not realize how much work goes on behind the scenes.
Kiva works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. One hundred percent of your loan is sent to these microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, who administer the loans in the field.
Kiva relies on a world wide network of over 450 volunteers who work with our Field Partners, edit and translate borrower stories, and ensure the smooth operation of countless other Kiva programs.
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