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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.
Personal Products SalesEl SalvadorBlanca lives with her husband and daughter in a home of her own. She sells personal products via catalog and has been doing so for several years. She sells in the various...Read their story >
General StoreIndiaFive years ago, Ritanjali was able to start her own general store selling basic household items, cases of water, soda, and various other juices in bulk and individually. On...Read their story >
Fish SellingPhilippinesDolorita is a 50-year-old married woman with six children, two of whom are still in school. She is a very hard working entrepreneur. Dolorita has a fish vending busines...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorBenilda sells new clothing and different seasonal products; her mother taught her how to do this work. She sold lottery tickets for 5 years, but for 10 years now, she has ...Read their story >
VehicleColombiaJadier is a veteran of thousands of battles he has survived throughout his life. He lives in the municipality of Santa Bárbara with his wife and two children. He is a ve...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Stephan, 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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