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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.
Food StallEl SalvadorMaida, who is 52 years old, lives in her own house with her family group. She is a woman who is hard-working and responsible so that her family doesn't lack what is necessa...Read their story >
FarmingKenyaThis group consists of 4 group leader farmers in Lugari District with Adlam selected as the Kiva representative. Adlam has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative ...Read their story >
Fish SellingKenyaPatricia operated a fish-selling business. She mentioned seasonality as a challenge in the business. Patricia dreams of becoming a wholesaler of fish in the future. Wit...Read their story >
FarmingCambodiaA 46-year-old mother of three children, Vanny has been farming rice to support her family for about ten years. She has one son who is still under her support. Rice farming ...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorJose is 39 years old and lives in his own house with his life partner and their three children of 17, 16, 12 and 4 years old. Jose works in a nursery near where he lives, a...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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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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