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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.
Phone Use SalesIndonesiaDedi lives north of Bogor, about two hours from Jakarta. He manages a small shop selling snacks, drinks and mobile phone airtime credit. Dedi is married and lives with thre...Read their story >
Phone Use SalesIndonesiaAriyana lives north of Bogor about two hours from Jakarta. Ariyana manages a small shop selling mobile phone airtime credit. Ariyana is single and lives with six persons i...Read their story >
TailoringVietnamDần has a business tailoring clothes. She is requesting a loan to purchase cloth to resell. Dần has been involved in this business for more than 10 years Dần is 51 year...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesYemenAbdulatif is a group that consists of four ladies who live in Sana'a, Yemen. They applied for a loan of 220,000 YER from AL-Amal Microfinance Bank. Hadyah is a 49-year-o...Read their story >
Phone Use SalesIndonesiaIsnani lives north of Bogor, about two hours from Jakarta. She manages a small shop selling mobile accessories and mobile phone airtime credit. Isnani is married and lives ...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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