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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.
AgricultureArmeniaGohar is from Lukashin village in the Armavir region. She lives with her husband and one-year-old son. She works as a teacher at the local school, and her husband works at ...Read their story >
Food StallKenyaMary appreciates the previous loan that helped her to pay school fees for her children and to buy food products for her business. Here again she comes to you asking for a l...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesNicaraguaThe communal bank Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) is made up of nine members, mothers who are caring for their children. They are from Sauce which is lo...Read their story >
ConstructionAzerbaijanZilfar is married with 7 children. Five of his children are married. One of his children works and another studies His wife is a housewife and Zilfar is a master craftsman,...Read their story >
Grocery StoreHondurasOlga is honest and responsible. She lives in a town in southern Honduras with her husband and two children. She has operated her small, local grocery shop for 10 years, and...Read their story >
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