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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 StoreColombiaAmparo, 59, has dedicated her life to helping her family get ahead and overcome all of life's adversity. Thanks to her store, which took much effort, patience and sacrific...Read their story >
Clothing SalesTajikistanGulsara was born in 1986. She is an entrepreneur and has been selling women's lingerie for 6 years now. She started he business because she was in need of additional money,...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorJosé, 63, is a farmer. He studied until second grade since his parents didn't make it important due to education and, for this reason, he stopped studying. Now he is marrie...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorEstela is 40 years old and lives with her two children and her husband, who works as a bricklayer. She works in the sale and production of totopostes (a kind of toasted bre...Read their story >
FarmingUgandaJulius is a 50-year-old married man with six children living in Kyenjojo, Uganda. He has been in banana planting for many years in the rural area. He obtains additional inc...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Michael, 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.
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