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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.
HardwareBoliviaMaria is a young woman of only 20 years old. She lives with her spouse and has a two year old son and a nine month old baby. She works in hardware sales. She is a good moth...Read their story >
FarmingPhilippinesAldin learned about Paglaum Multi Purpose Cooperative in 2008. He has accessed loans and tried his luck at doing a business focusing on his farming activities. He is thankf...Read their story >
Fish SellingUgandaHussein is a 43-year-old married man who lives in a rural area with his 12 children. He is a business man who deals in a fish trading business. He has an additional income...Read their story >
Motorcycle TransportUgandaPatrick used the previous loan to buy a motorcycle, which he intends to hire out. He rides a motorcycle to earn a living. He started the business after dropping out of scho...Read their story >
VehicleEl SalvadorJosé, 61 years old, is a very hardworking person. He studied up until high school. He is happy in a relationship, living alone with his partner who does the housework. With...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Tom, 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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