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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.
AgricultureHondurasMaría Erodita is 42 years old and makes a living growing coffee. She is a mother to six children, two of whom work while the other four are attending the local school...Read their story >
Animal SalesKenyaMukuria is 41 years old and he sells cows, sheep and goats to butchery businesses. He also supplies meat to other places such as hotels. He has been in this business for 11...Read their story >
FarmingUgandaJoshua is a promising farmer with children who lives in Fort Portal, Uganda. He grows tomatoes, onions and cabbages plus has a retail shop for additional income. He started...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorThirty-eight-year-old José is a very hardworking man who, despite having a ninth grade education, has always worked to get his family ahead. He used to work in farming, a ...Read their story >
RickshawPakistanZahida is 40 years old, a married woman, and the mother of three children. The man shown in the photo is Zahida’s husband, who is a driver by profession and provides transp...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Elizabeth, 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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