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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.
FishingPhilippinesLolita, 54 is a married woman and a mother of seven children from Ilo-ilo, Philippines. The youngest child is 17 years old. She engages in fishing and she sells fish.This i...Read their story >
Higher education costsTajikistanHasanjon is 19 years old. After finishing high school, he enrolled into a technical college and graduated from it successfully. This year he entered the university in or...Read their story >
CarpentryColombiaIván, age 39, is the father of two children, ages 17 and 14. Like most of the small business owners of Interactuar, he's a person who lacks a lot of resources, but he works...Read their story >
RetailUgandaRichard, age 37, lives in Hoima. He and his wife have four children, three of whom attend school. He runs a retail shop where he buys and sells such general use items a...Read their story >
Higher education costsPeruDiego is a young man who is studying for an Industrial Electronics degree and currently in his second year. His parents divorced when he was a child and his mother is in a...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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