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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.
Personal Housing ExpensesPeruCrower is a hard-working man, 26 years old, who lives in Ica with his wife and their 2 children. His family provides his major motivation to get ahead. It is for them that ...Read their story >
CarpentryKenyaJulius is 41-years-old. He is married to Carolyn and together they have been blessed with four children aged between 18 and 4 years. Julius is a carpenter, a business he...Read their story >
Farm SuppliesEl SalvadorJuan, age 29, only went to school through the second grade, and he decided to work. He is in a relationship, and they have three small children. The children do not yet g...Read their story >
FarmingPhilippinesMercedita is married, with four children. She is 53 years old and lives in Pan-ay, Clarin, Philippines. To earn a living, Mercedita is a farmer, growing corn crops. She ...Read their story >
Soft DrinksEl SalvadorNine years ago, Vima decided to open a business in her home selling smoothies, water, soft drinks and other drinks to be able to help with the household expenses. She has h...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Joel, 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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Your loan reaches borrowers via our Field Partners, who vet, distribute, and administer each loan.
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You’ll get periodic updates about the progress of your loan, including repayments as they become available.
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Any repayments are yours to keep, but we hope you’ll make another loan... or, like Joel, 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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