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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 Medical ExpensesPhilippinesLeonardo is 64 years old and lives in Gata, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental. He is widowed with four children, now at their adult age. Leonardo is engaged in farming, partic...Read their story >
ServicesIndonesiaSuhandi runs a small stall selling mobile accessories and mobile phone airtime credits. He lives north of Bogor, a semi-urban area about two hours from Jakarta. Suhandi is...Read their story >
Clothing SalesUgandaAloysious is 58 years old and lives in the town of Makindye in the Kampala north region of Uganda. He is married and has four children. For the past 10 years, Aloysious has...Read their story >
RetailParaguaySandra is a hardworking woman getting ahead due to her hard work, selling shoes and other products to improve her life. Thanks to her previous loan she was able to expand h...Read their story >
Clothing SalesTajikistanHilola was born in 1973. She is divorced and has three children. Hilola is the only provider for her children because her former husband doesn’t help her. She has her own b...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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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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