"Kiva.org, one of Oprah's favorite organizations, is a site for people all over the world seeking small loans to start their own businesses."
"The numbers involved in the world's biggest crowd- lending marketplace Kiva are impressive on their own…"
"Not only are you empowering people who are living in poverty to make meaningful choices for basic human rights, you are also helping children to understand their responsibility to give back to the global community and appreciate the quality of life they enjoy."
"…the Kiva concept will work in America. That brings
me to another point. I think we shouldn't have
preconceptions about who entrepreneurs are."
- Bill Clinton
"Through Kiva, I’d sent $25 chunks of my own cash toward
hundreds of clients like Yvonne all over the world. Curious
to see the results, I was now traveling through five
continents—from Peru to Bosnia to Kenya to Lebanon to Nepal
to Cambodia and beyond—to hear the stories of as many
clients as I could."
- Bob Harris, Author 'The International Bank of Bob'
"The loans typically back individual economic activity to help alleviate poverty through support for entrepreneurial ventures in places where other sources of funding are hard to come by."
"In lieu of a financial profit from the money you lend, you get something that, in my opinion, is more valuable: the chance to make a tangible difference in the world and to impact a stranger's life in a positive, permanent way. Kiva is not about investing money in the traditional sense; it's about using your excess cash to jumpstart a life somewhere else in the world."
Recent press releases
Kiva and Mayor Libby Schaaf Launch 'Kiva Oakland'
March 16, 2016