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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.
BakeryEl SalvadorMaría is 52 years old and got as far as the 4th grade in school. Her parents were poor and didn't have resources to give her this opportunity, nor did they prioritize her e...Read their story >
RetailColombiaMelissa is a young, 21-year-old entrepreneur. She is a student at the university and has been selling imported merchandise for about a year. The profits that she receives f...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesSamoaAiulu is 24 years old and is married with 1 child. She wants to start a small business making and selling pancakes in her community. To do this, she needs a loan to buy a b...Read their story >
AgriculturePeruDominga and several neighbours make up the communal bank "Los Paqollos" and the majority of them live in the community of Marcachea (Marcachea is located in the Paucartambo...Read their story >
FarmingArmeniaArevik is a farmer from Vedi village of the Ararat region. She lives with her husband, three school-age children (son who is 17 years old and two daughters who are 15 and 8...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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Your loan reaches borrowers via our Field Partners, who vet, distribute, and administer each loan.
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You’ll get periodic updates about the progress of your loan, including repayments as they become available.
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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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