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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.
Clothing SalesKenyaPeterson is 33 years old and sells clothes. He has been in this business for 14 years and it has been profitable. He is married and together with his spouse they have been ...Read their story >
General StoreUgandaGodfrey is a 38-year-old Ugandan, married to Harriet, and they have five children ages 15, 13, 10, 7 and 5. He is a businessman in Karuguza and he has operated a retail sho...Read their story >
Farm SuppliesEl SalvadorJose is 34 years old, went to school through second grade, and is now married. He has two children, and for now he and his family live with his mother. For twenty years, Jo...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl Salvador48-year old Maria lives in her own house with her husband and four children. She earns her living selling clothing for men, women, and children in the streets of the variou...Read their story >
CattleEl SalvadorJosé, 57, is a farmer and learned about the activity from his parents. His family consists of his wife, who takes care of the housework since his children live independent...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Paul, 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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