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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.
Clothing SalesPakistanSalma is a 39-year-old married woman. She has been involved in the business of selling cloths for about four years. Salma buys cloths of different fabrics in various co...Read their story >
FoodKenyaFomu is a married mother of five children, all of whom go to school and work. They live in their own house that has neither electricity nor piped water. For years, Fomu...Read their story >
RetailLebanonHusein is a 30-year-old divorced father of one child, who has been working in providing hooka services for the past ten months. Husein used to run an electronic household a...Read their story >
LivestockArmeniaRuzanna is an experienced farmer from Vanadzor city of Lori region. She lives with her husband and school-aged son. To take care of her family’s everyday needs, Ruzanna is ...Read their story >
TransportationBoliviaJuan lives in a house with brick walls and a concrete floor in the neighbourhood of Rosa Pampa of the town of El Alto. He drives a vehicle which he uses to provide transpor...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Shannon, 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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- 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 Shannon, 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.
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There are 5,766 loans currently seeking funding on Kiva.