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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.
RetailKenyaPeter is a married man. He has three children. He describes himself to be determined. He operates a trade business where he sells wet cell batteries. He has been involved i...Read their story >
Personal PurchasesPeruJuan is an enterprising young man. He is 20 years old, single, and lives in Pachacamac with his family. He is a person with a great desire to get ahead. He has worked fo...Read their story >
RetailPhilippinesAdelyn is 35 years old and lives in Bongabong, Tangub City, Misamis Occidental. She is married with three children who are school age. Adelyn has been engaged in managing a...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorPriscilla lives with her 46-year-old husband and their children, who are 15 and 20. She sells tamales, cassava, and other corn-based dishes, and also grows staple grains. P...Read their story >
PigsPhilippinesChonita is 49 years old and married with two children. Chonita is in the agricultural business, pig fattening, in the Philippines. Chonita requested a 20,000 PHP loan ...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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