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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.
Higher education costsPeruLuis comes from a home with separated parents and lives with his mother who works as a secretary and receives a minimum salary. She has been mother and father to him and he...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorGilma, age 20, lives in her own home with her family. She's a young entrepreneur who has liked to work ever since she was very young. She has four years of experience runni...Read their story >
PigsPhilippinesOlivia raises pigs to make a living. Having done it for many years, she has helped her husband's income from farming to sustain the needs of her family. She is hoping to ea...Read their story >
Home AppliancesYemenAhmmed is a 43-year-old married man with six children, living in Dhamar City of Yemen. His oldest child is 17 years old and the youngest one is 6 years old. He has a Univer...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaRuth is applying for the loan to build part of her house's perimeter wall, which is currently made of zinc and wood. She will buy building materials such as cement, sand, i...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Lauren, 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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