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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.
General StoreColombiaElci, 39, is a charismatic and obliging woman who earns a living in her own business, a grocery store she started because she needed to make money to get her family ahead. ...Read their story >
Grocery StoreColombiaBefore doing his last Kiva loan, Jaime did not have a well-stocked store. Today he has managed to add this business to his customer base, as he now buys groceries and food ...Read their story >
JewelryPakistanAsia is living in the area of Lahore, Pakistan, with her spouse and a daughter. Her husband owns a small gemstone shop, in which he sells precious gemstones for rings, earr...Read their story >
Beauty SalonTanzaniaFransiscar is married with three children who are still in school. She has been running several projects including a beauty salon and broilers. She has been in her business...Read their story >
Beauty SalonSierra LeoneThis is 32-year-old Sento. She is married and has one child age 6 years old. In 2009, Sento established her cosmetics and hairdressing salon business. She began her busine...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Katy, 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 Katy, invite someone to Kiva, perhaps with a Kiva Card.
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