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RetailKenyaGladys is a married woman. She has 1 child. She describes herself to be determined. She operates a retail business where she sells cooking oil, rice and other items. She ha...Read their story >
Clothing SalesColombiaStefano is 19 years old. He says that when he was very small—nine years old—he began working carrying packages to help his father, who had a business and only let Stefano p...Read their story >
Fish SellingPhilippinesMerlita is a hardworking entrepreneur who has a dried fish making business in the Philippines. She is borrowing PHP 14,000 through NWTF to purchase additional fish and ...Read their story >
Personal PurchasesEl SalvadorJosé is 49 years old. He only studied until the 3rd grade. He is married and has 3 children, 2 of whom are no longer dependent upon him and one that studies. His wife also ...Read their story >
Higher education costsIraqJwad is 27 years old. He is single. Jwad has had a grocery store for seven years. Jwad has a brother studying in college. Because of his low income, he always worries about...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Cassie, Jase, & Kirsten, 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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