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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.
Cosmetics SalesPhilippinesGeraldine has been selling cosmetic products in her community to make a living. By collecting cash and installment payments she was able to repay her previous loan, used fo...Read their story >
FarmingPhilippinesCecilia, 44 years old, is married and has three children. For the past 10 years, she has been farming rice in the Philippines. She also earns additional income from a gener...Read their story >
FishingPhilippinesIsaac is a fisherman from Concepcion, Iloilo. He is a widower and a father of three grown up children. Isaac has been in the fishing business for more than 30 years now. Th...Read their story >
Cosmetics SalesGuatemalaSantiago Atitlán is the largest of the lake communities on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlán in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank ...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorVictor decided to ask for a new loan in order to invest in growing corn and cucumbers. He is limiting himself to buying compost and fertilizer to condition the soil in orde...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Gary, 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.
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