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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.
Clothing SalesPakistanFozia, a 42-year-old married woman, runs a small boutique at home to provide for her family. She purchases cloth from the market at low prices, sewing and then selling it t...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesSamoaPelenatete is a 25 year old married woman with four children. She makes and sells pancakes in her community to earn a living. She has one year of experience with this busin...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorMiguel is enterprising and exacting about achieving everything he sets out to. He has done this job since he was very young. He learned it from his father, who very pai...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorMarleny used her previous loan to improve the diet of her farm-raised chickens and pigs. She managed to increase the return on her investment; she bought furniture for her ...Read their story >
AgricultureAzerbaijanEtibar is a 43-year-old internally displaced person. He is married and lives with his big family in an IDP settlement. He has three daughters and two sons. He is a farmer a...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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