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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 PurchasesEl SalvadorRoxana is 30 years old and completed her education through the second year of high school. She is married and her husband is a farmer who grows corn. They have two childr...Read their story >
TransportationPhilippinesCresencio is a jeep driver. He is 42 years old, married with five children and is still in school. His wife is a housekeeper and is responsible for taking care of their chi...Read their story >
Fish SellingLiberiaFatu is 49 years old and lives in Kakata, the capital city of Margibi County, which has the highest producing rubber plantation in Liberia. She is single with three childre...Read their story >
Used ClothingZimbabweThandiwe is 21 years old, single and living in Hurungwe, Zimbabwe. Thandiwe is well-known in her community for the work she does with the less privileged. She is current...Read their story >
Beauty SalonTanzaniaRehema, who is in her late twenties, is married and has got three children, two og whom are in school. She has had a beauty salon service for three years now. Rehema opens ...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.
- Follow your loan.
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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There are 4,260 loans currently seeking funding on Kiva.