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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.
FarmingEl SalvadorJosé needs more capital to continue progressing in his business of cultivating corn, maicillo and beans. He will buy fertilizer, herbicides, insecticides and seeds. This wi...Read their story >
Spare PartsUgandaChristopher is a 28-year-old married man with three children living in Fort Portal, Uganda. He deals in the sale of spare parts and has a small retail shop. He started thes...Read their story >
RetailZimbabweGreetings from Zimbabwe! This is 39-year-old Millicent from Harare. She is married with three children, one who attends school. Millicent runs a retail business sellin...Read their story >
General StoreRwandaAnonciata is a group leader, age 42. She is married and has five children between the ages of 8 and 18. All of her children go to school. The group is called Dukorane, whic...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesMilagros is 69 years old and married with six children. Milagros works hard to provide for her family. She runs a general store in the Philippines and requested a 20,000...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Ruth, 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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Your loan reaches borrowers via our Field Partners, who vet, distribute, and administer each loan.
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You’ll get periodic updates about the progress of your loan, including repayments as they become available.
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Any repayments are yours to keep, but we hope you’ll make another loan... or, like Ruth, 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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