A loan of $250 helps Paul Odhiambo: Kochline Boutique This loan helps me to buy additional cloth...

    A loan of $125 helps Dannielah: Dannielahs textiles buy new sewing machine and expand my shop.

    A loan of $5,000 helps Janet: Janny's Storybeads advertise my business and purchase supplies to d...

When you lend to an artisan you:

  • Enable them to start or grow an independent business. You can loan $25 or more.

  • Support shorter, more environmentally-friendly supply chains by helping them access markets directly.

  • Keep vibrant cultural traditions alive by backing craftsmen and women who create works passed through generations.

Artisans worldwide struggle to access the loans they need to start and grow their businesses. They are locked out of traditional loans for a number of reasons: the amount they need is too small, their business is too young, their plan is too innovative, or their credit history is too short or damaged.

What they do have is the passion, creativity, and talent to hand-make and sell high-quality goods. And now they have you.

How Does Kiva Work?

  1. Choose a borrower.
    Browse loan descriptions, find a story you connect with, and lend $25 to pledge your support.
  2. Follow your loan.
    You'll get updates about the progress of your loan, including repayments.
  3. Do it all again!
    Kiva borrowers generally repay 98% of the time, while Zip borrowers repay 86% of the time. Repayments are yours to keep or relend.

Kiva + Etsy

Welcome to the people-powered economy. Uniting the power of Kiva lenders and Etsy’s global marketplace of creative entrepreneurs, this unique partnership gives artisans the financing they need to start or grow independent businesses.


With over 900,000 shops and 60 million unique visitors per month, Etsy is the online marketplace where people connect to buy and sell unique goods. Etsy’s mission is to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.

Kiva Zip trustees are technical assistance providers, community organizations, and individuals committed to supporting social good and job growth through entrepreneurship. With their help, small business owners can access interest-free crowdfunded loans through Kiva Zip. Our Etsy trustees include: