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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.
PoultryGeorgiaManana is from Meria, a village in Ozurgeti region. She is 48 years old and lives with her husband, 2 children and mother-in-law. The family's significant income is from...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorJulio is 65 years old. He studied until the sixth grade. He has had a partner for seven years and his life companion is a domestic worker and has an occasional job washing ...Read their story >
Charcoal SalesKenyaNzije is a married woman, who has been blessed with five, school-going children. She lives at her own house, which has neither electricity nor piped water. Her greatest mon...Read their story >
AgricultureNicaraguaJuan Angel tis 49 years old. He lives with his wife and 6 children in a community of Jinotega in the North of Nicaragua. For the past 30 years he has had a small farm of 8 ...Read their story >
LivestockKyrgyzstanTalantbek is 26 years old, unmarried, and lives with his parents. Talantbek has a secondary education. As the main source of income for his family, Talantbek practices live...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.
- Follow your loan.
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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