Join Shelley on Kiva
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 SalvadorCarlos is 68 years old, works as a farmer, and has a second grade education. He lives with his life’s partner and four daughters; three are still in school. Carlos has ...Read their story >
ServicesArmeniaAnna lives in Ijevan town with her husband. Her husband is a taxi driver and Anna works at local market as a cleaner. They work hard to gather income for sustaining their m...Read their story >
LivestockArmeniaManya is from the Dalarik region of Armavir region. She lives with her husband, son and daughter. Manya works as an accountant at the village local school. Her husband is e...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesGloria is 62 years old and married with six children. Gloria works hard to provide for her family. She runs a general store in the Philippines and requested a PHP 20,000...Read their story >
VehicleEl SalvadorMedardo is 23 years old. He completed a technical diploma in accounting. He is single and has worked as a cooking oil salesman for two years. He lives with his parents and ...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Shelley, 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.
Join us and make a loan today.
- Choose a borrower.
Your loan reaches borrowers via our Field Partners, who vet, distribute, and administer each loan.
- Follow your loan.
You’ll get periodic updates about the progress of your loan, including repayments as they become available.
- Do it all again!
Any repayments are yours to keep, but we hope you’ll make another loan... or, like Shelley, 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.
Get started today
Get started — choose one of these Kiva borrowers...
... or browse all available loans
There are 5,627 loans currently seeking funding on Kiva.