Help us reach $600,000 by December 31!

Dear Kiva Lender,

Kiva facilitates loans to more than 4,000 borrowers every week, but since Kiva doesn't take a fee on your loans we rely on donations from lenders like you to keep doing this important work. If every Kiva lender seeing this banner pitched in $20 for our Donation Drive, we'd hit our goal of $600,000 by Dec 31! Your support helps us make a global impact.

In appreciation, Chelsa Bocci, Sr. Director, Community

    A loan of $125 helps Mary: Mama winjoy buy materials for the clothes shop: from vitenge, kangas, ...

    A loan of $250 helps Harrison Mwanthi: Bradsharr designs purchase more new clothes to sale during...

    A loan of $350 helps Martin: Malla investiments Purchase/Stock off Textile Materials to help me ...

    A loan of $125 helps Melva: Melva Eduka add more stocks to make my business visible to my clients

    A loan of $125 helps Magret Achieng: Mama Otieno Clothes Stall buy 1 bale of second hand clothe...

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.
  1. Choose a borrower
    Browse hundreds of borrower profiles and find a story that connects with you.
  2. Make a loan
    Click ‘Lend’ to send money via our Field Partners, who vet, distribute and administer each loan.
  3. Get repaid
    Receive updates as the borrowers you support succeed and repay their loans.
  4. Repeat!
    When borrowers repay, that money is yours to keep, donate to Kiva or lend again to empower someone new!

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.


Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy 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: