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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.
FarmingRwandaSimeon is 61 years old. He would like to use a Kiva loan to buy fertilizers during rice production. He needs to buy fertilizer in order to increase production. With profits...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesAzerbaijanTehran is a hardworking man. He started his own agriculture business seven years ago as he was in need of money. He sells milk products and animals for the meat. Today Tehr...Read their story >
FoodSenegalMariama is a woman who lives in a village several kilometres from the main town. She sells food products, and has more than ten years' experience in this business. She wo...Read their story >
BlacksmithLebanonAhmad is a 29-year-old Lebanese married man living with his wife and only child. Ahmad is the main income source for the family. He covers the expenses with the income that...Read their story >
RetailBurundiOdette is a member of the Mugina group and lives in Cibitoke. She is 22 years old and married to Daniel. The couple have a 3-year-old child. Odette has been selling product...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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Any repayments are yours to keep, but we hope you’ll make another loan... or, like Joan, invite someone to Kiva, perhaps with a Kiva Card.
We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
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