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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 StoreUgandaMaxwell wants a loan to buy sugar, soap, salt and cooking oil. He lives in the town of Masindi, Uganda. His retail shop business is located along the shores of Lake Albert...Read their story >
CattleTajikistanTojiniso is 48, married, and lives in the rural Dangara region. Her husband works at a school and they have four sons, ages 27, 26, 20, and 15. Their oldest son works in co...Read their story >
Butcher ShopNicaraguaAlejandro continues ahead with his butchery business which he works at two or three times a week. He also sells fried foods everyday in his home. His children continue gr...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesPeruRicardo is 31 years old and single. He lives in the Buenos Aires district, where he was born. He lives with his family in a house of his own. Life is good in this community...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorJuan is 51 years old. He lives in his own home with his life partner and their four children. Two of them are older and the two younger ones are 15 and 13 years old. All hi...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Marta, 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 Marta, invite someone to Kiva, perhaps with a Kiva Card.
We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
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