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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.
General StorePhilippinesVirginia is 43 years old and married with three children. Virginia works hard to provide for her family. She runs a general store in the Philippines and requested a loan...Read their story >
PigsPhilippinesRomana is 58 years old and married with four children. Romana has an agricultural business fattening pigs in the Philippines. She requested a PHP 12,000 loan through NW...Read their story >
Clothing SalesTajikistanMarhamat is a young, cheerful, and sociable woman. She is 37 years old and is married. She is the mother of two beautiful children. Marhamat’s family is very friendly. Marh...Read their story >
Grocery StoreZimbabweUlita is a 23-year-old, young woman living in the Buhera District of Zimbabwe. She is an aspiring entrepreneur running a small grocery shop at the local business center. Sh...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesPeruHector is a hardworking man. He is 40 years old, single, and lives with his family in San Juan de Lurigancho.
He has a taxi that he rents out in order to gene...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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