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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.
PigsPhilippinesMartiniano is 49 years old. He did not have the financial resources to finish school. He is married and his wife is earning income from selling rice in their village. He ra...Read their story >
Renewable Energy ProductsIndiaSuraj is the director of Free Power Technology, the brainchild of a group of young entrepreneurs from Guwahati in Assam. These entrepreneurs have joined hands together to v...Read their story >
FarmingGuatemalaWorking the land under an exhausting sun, but nevertheless ready to sweat all day in order to offer a better future to his children, Carlos, who is 31 and is married, has t...Read their story >
Fish SellingPhilippinesRosa Lina works hard to support her family. She is married and has a buy-and-sell dried fish business in the Philippines. She requested a PHP 12,000 loan through NWTF to...Read their story >
CraftsPeruSandra is a Peruvian artisan who specializes in handcrafted silver jewelry. She and her mother Lily would like to invest in the bulk purchase of silver and gemstones for th...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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