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Every day, Kiva connects thousands of people to borrowers and partner institutions around the world, working together to create opportunity and alleviate poverty. It only takes $25 to get started.
Beauty SalonUnited StatesJoel, a Cuban-American, has been styling hair for over 28 years after graduating from a prestigious New York City beauty school. He met his wife Gina soon afterward. The tw...Read their story >
RestaurantUnited StatesEver since Jose came to the U.S. from Mexico 10 years ago, he’s been managing restaurants. His boss at the time owned eight restaurants, and Jose told him that if he ever d...Read their story >
FarmingUnited StatesOriginally from Mexico, Claudio moved to the United States 22 years ago in search of better opportunities for him and his children. When he first arrived, Claudio worked lo...Read their story >
RestaurantUnited StatesPavan came to the U.S. from India six years ago looking for more opportunities for professional growth. Pavan had always wanted to start his own business, and when a friend...Read their story >
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Kiva lenders, like Alex, combat poverty daily by making small loans to borrowers around the world. We believe in fair access to affordable capital for people to improve their own lives.
Often only a relatively small amount of money stands in the way of Kiva borrowers and their dreams. Whether it’s a Kenyan farmer who needs $500 in order to double her grain production, or a young Bolivian woman who lacks the $1,500 tuition for nursing school, Kiva lenders provide a hand up to these and countless other borrowers.
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