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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.
RetailNicaraguaAt age 16, most young people are thinking of going to university, going to parties or becoming independent. Becoming independent was Lorena's goal when she was that age. Sh...Read their story >
Clothing SalesTajikistanMadinabony is a young and cheerful woman. She is divorced and is raising two young children. Madinabony has been running her own business for over two years. She sells chil...Read their story >
Auto RepairBoliviaDavid is a 36 year old unmarried man, the father of three children. From an early age, life has taught him to work to help his family and he learned the trade of body work ...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorBuenaventura grows staple crops such as corns, beans and sorghum. She learned this work very young with the help of her father and she has had this business for 20 years. ...Read their story >
General StoreEl SalvadorEloísa is 31 years old and lives with her children and partner in a house that the family owns. Eloísa has a small shop that she runs out of her home. There she sells a var...Read their story >
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