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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.
Fuel/FirewoodUgandaAisha is 45 years old and lives in the town of Zanna in the Kampala West region of Uganda. She is married and has four children, with one of them currently in school. For t...Read their story >
Shoe SalesEl SalvadorOscar is 33 years old. He lives in his own home with his wife and their daughter. He makes a living by selling sandals. His business is located in a market in a very well-t...Read their story >
General StoreKenyaPhanice is a 39-year-old woman who is married and blessed with three children. Her husband is a businessman and farmer and he supports her in bringing in more income for th...Read their story >
Soft DrinksTajikistanGufronjon is one of many who needs additional income in the form of financial assistance and support. His search for such funding lead him to MDO "Arvand." He had never tak...Read their story >
Personal Products SalesColombiaLuz has always preferred working independently and generating resources by her own means. This is why for four years she has been selling ell-known brands of beauty produc...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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