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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.
Clothing SalesZimbabwePriscilla is a 23-year-old divorced mother of one who lives in the Shurugwi District of Zimbabwe. For over a year she has been successfully operating a business buying and...Read their story >
Cheese MakingColombiaGuillermo is a 20-year-old young man living in the country who makes a living by working in an independent fashion, producing and selling farmer's cheese. He gained experie...Read their story >
Cosmetics SalesColombiaAna is 19 years old and lives close to the ocean. From there, she sells a variety of merchandise through special product catalogs from international companies. She offers...Read their story >
FarmingCambodiaLiving in a rural village of the Ek Phnom district, Phalla is 43 years and widowed with two children, one of whom is still in school. The main sources of her family’s incom...Read their story >
Clothing SalesJordanManal was born in 1976. She is married and has three children. Her husband is a retired man who currently works as a contractor. Manal has been working at selling clothes t...Read their story >
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