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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.
Grocery StoreZimbabweIdah is a 23-year-old businesswoman from the Gokwe North District of Zimbabwe. For the past year, Idah has been operating a grocery shop at her local business center. She s...Read their story >
Motorcycle TransportPhilippinesChinfa is married. She operates a transportation business while her husband works on their farm to earn a living. Chinfa has been running her business for the past three ye...Read their story >
FarmingGhanaSamata is a member of Nyame Akwan. She turns 61 this year, and she is a widow with five children. Her youngest child is now attending the university. Samata lives with her ...Read their story >
RecyclingColombiaLuis made his living for more than 10 years selling fruits and vegetables in the cart that is in the photo. One day a friend offered him the opportunity to get into the wo...Read their story >
TransportationUgandaBenson is a married man and a father of four living in Kyenjojo, Uganda. He deals in transporting, moving people and goods from rural to urban areas. He also earns additi...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like John, 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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