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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.
FarmingArmeniaMarine is from Sisavan village, where she lives with her husband and son. Her son works in the private sector. Marine and her husband run a farm. Near the village where the...Read their story >
General StoreTimor-LestePaulina is applying for a loan of $800 from TRM (Tuba Rai Metin). She is 34 years old and married. She is running a kiosk in front of her house, and she will use the l...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesPhilippinesDaisy joined Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative in the year 2009 and she appreciates the programs, services and continuous education of the co-op. She is a member in good st...Read their story >
Animal SalesKenyaLokeru trades in livestock and his business has been profitable. He is 50 years old, married and together with his spouse, has been blessed with seven children. He currentl...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorRuben is 31 years old and lives in his own house with his mother, brother, and niece. Ruben has worked for an institution that is located close to his town for more than 1...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Joan, 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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