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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.
DairyKenyaPhilip lives in the very rich highlands of Kericho with his wife and one child where his primary income sources are milk, eggs, tea, and transportation services. Like many ...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorMario is 35 years old, and went to school as far as the second grade. He is married and has two children. His wife works in the home, and his first child is in the second...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorMaría is 59 years old and earns her living by selling dairy products, which she has been doing for three years. Her sales are conducted from her house and also as a travel...Read their story >
TailoringPakistanSamina is 25 years old. She is married and lives with her husband in the area of Lahore, Pakistan. Samina purchases cloth at cheap rates and sews garments that her husband ...Read their story >
Fuel/FirewoodTimor-LesteHermina is applying for a loan of $800 to improve her business. She is running a business in her house where she sells gasoline and diesel. She is making a good income from...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.
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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