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Burundian refugee Jacqueline rebuilt her life with a soap business

In 2017, Jacqueline was forced to flee her home in Burundi and start a new life in Rwanda. At first, she struggled to put food on the table and provide for her 3 children. 

But Jacqueline is hardworking, honest and entrepreneurial. She started a soap manufacturing business with the help of a Kiva loan and changed her own life. Today, Jacqueline employs several people at her growing business and can send her children to school. She's thankful for Kiva lenders and works to "develop the same culture of giving to others in need." 

Last year, almost 70 million people were forced to leave their homes behind just like Jacqueline. She found hope and Kiva helped her rebuild. In honor of World Refugee Day, you can fuel hope and help a refugee rebuild by making a loan here

About the author

Channing Fisher.

Channing first witnessed the ability of entrepreneurship to empower people while studying Spanish in Guatemala. Throughout college, she became interested in microfinance while working in business development in the Netherlands and studying the effects of tourism on Caribbean economies. After graduating from Principia College in 2018 with degrees in Political Science and Business, she began work for a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit and later found Kiva. She's passionate about communicating and sharing the work done at Kiva and elsewhere in the international development space.