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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.
AgricultureColombiaManuel is a veteran with a lot of experience working in the fields. He is humble and modest; he is very good with people and has enough energy to make any crop produce suc...Read their story >
General StoreTogoAgbeko is a very dynamic, young entrepreneur. Apart from his professional training, he runs a general store. In his store, which is located in the Baguida neighborhood, ...Read their story >
Cosmetics SalesPeruAna Magali is 23 years old and lives in the village of Playa Azul, in her parents' house in the district of Pucará. It is a community focussed on farming (especially cultiv...Read their story >
FarmingNigeriaYahaya is a maize farmer and member of Babban Gona. Yahaya joined Babban Gona primarily to create a better future for his children Mansir, Mansura, and Mujaheed. Yahaya is...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorSalvador is 62 years old and is a hard-working man who has been growing and selling vegetables for a long time. This is how he earns his living and supports the household e...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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