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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.
RetailMaliIssiaka was born around 1966 in Niena. He is married, has three children and lives in a traditional family with his wife, in Sokourani neighbourhood, Niena Commune, Sikass...Read their story >
RetailKenyaJames is a married man with three children. He operates a retail business where he sells clothes and has been in business for six years. His business is located in urba...Read their story >
FarmingTajikistanRuhiya is a person who always tries to get ahead. She is married and has six children. Ruhiya has land where she works from early morning every day. She grows mainly waterm...Read their story >
Farm SuppliesEl SalvadorOrlando has worked growing staples (corn and beans) for the past 20 years. His family is his spouse and 4 children. In the photograph, he is seen with his corn crop, that a...Read their story >
General StoreColombiaFrom Colombia! At 52 years old, María is a charismatic and helpful woman who has her own business - a grocery store. She started the business in order to earn an income ...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Joanna, 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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