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FarmingUgandaVicent is 37 years old; he is a coffee farmer, and also runs a bar to supplement his income. He began the business to earn income to look after his family. His clients are ...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaSixty-three-year-old Francisco works as an accountant at a hotel where he earns minimum wage and he rents rooms in his home to cover his household's basic needs, as this is...Read their story >
Grocery StorePeruSheila is 36 years old, a fighter, and a very hardworking woman. She is married and has 3 kids who live in her household. The work that Sheila does is the sale of different...Read their story >
Clothing SalesUgandaJennifer is 50 years old and lives in the town of Lugazi, in the region of Mukono in Uganda. She is married and has six children, with two of them currently in school. ...Read their story >
AgricultureArmeniaHeghine lives in the village of Geghamavan, which is in the Gegharkunik region. She is 40 years old and married, with a son and a daughter. Her husband and son are now tem...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Tim, 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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