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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.
Clothing SalesUgandaMuhamed is 33 years old and lives in the town of Mbale in the Mbale region of Uganda. He is married and has two children, neither of whom is currently in school. For the pa...Read their story >
AgricultureTajikistanHalima is a married woman of the age of 62 years. She is a resident of the small town of Tursun-zoda. The town was named in honor of the great Tajik writer Mirzo Tursunzoda...Read their story >
PigsPhilippinesTeresita is 50 years old and has six children. She is single, and has three children who are still in school. Teresita is in the agricultural business, raising pigs in t...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesRuth is 56 years old and is married with six children. Ruth works hard to provide for her family. She runs a general store in the Philippines and requested a PHP 12,000 ...Read their story >
Home Products SalesNicaraguaIsaida Raquel is from a humble family with few resources but she has fought hard to keep her business open. She runs a grocery store where she sells items like sodas, cooki...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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Any repayments are yours to keep, but we hope you’ll make another loan... or, like Elizabeth, invite someone to Kiva, perhaps with a Kiva Card.
We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
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