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Grocery StoreCambodiaSokhom is 36 years old, lives in Phnom Penh suburb. She has been married since 2001 and has three children-2 attend school and another one is still young. Sokhom sells g...Read their story >
Food StallColombiaJosé is 31 years old. He is a father to two children ages 3 and 6. He has 2 years of experience in the preparation of fast food, a business he began when he noticed the boo...Read their story >
RetailEl SalvadorManrique is 28 years old. He lievs in his own house with is wife and their three children, aged 4, 6 and 10. He is a visionary who for a long time has worked selling clothe...Read their story >
Used ClothingTimor-LesteMaria lives in Ermera. She is married and she is a businesswoman. She has been involved in business activities since 2012, with her own working capital of $600. Most of he...Read their story >
FarmingSamoaTepatasi is 27 years old and single with two children. She has a small plantation where she grows bananas and yams that she can sell in her community or at the market. She ...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.
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