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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.
Shoe SalesTogoYawa lives in Lomé with her husband, who is a school principal, and their children. In order to help her husband, she began selling shoes and some groceries from her home i...Read their story >
SewingColombiaJeison is a 24 year old youth. He is the father of a 7 year old child, whom he is more proud of each day watching him progress and grow. For two years Jeison has had a sewi...Read their story >
Motorcycle TransportKenyaDavid is a 38-year-old man, married to Sarah, who generates additional income to support their family. They are blessed with four children. David has been operating a ...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesSusan is 42 years old, married, and has four children, three of whom attend school. She works very hard to provide for them. Susan runs a general store in the Philippines, ...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesPhilippinesCrisanta is aged 58. She is married to a farmer and blessed with three children. She sells vegetables which she sells around their village. She has been doing this for a...Read their story >
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