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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.
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorHector is 43 years old and lives in a house of his own with his wife and their children. The latter are already of age and work as day labourers. Hector has been a bricklay...Read their story >
Clothing SalesArmeniaKarine sends her greetings from Ijevan, a nice city, to all the generous Kiva lenders and Nor Horizon. She is already impatient to get her fifth Kiva loan. Karine successfu...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorLydia, 55, lives with her family. For 15 years she has been running a store from home where she sells products such as rice, beans, toilet tissue, corn, etc. The business...Read their story >
BakeryEl SalvadorJosé has been the owner of a bakery for four years. He works there with the help of an employee from 4 am to 6 pm. His advantage is that he has a stand in the town market w...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorLuís, 45 years old, did not attend school. He is married and his wife does household chores. She also informally sells fruits and vegetables in their same community. They h...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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