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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.
TransportationPhilippinesCerenisa has provided transportation services in her community for a decade and she is earning well from this business. She has successfully repaid her previous loan which ...Read their story >
SewingTajikistanKhosiyatkhon is 41 and the mother of four children. Her husband works far away from the family as a migrant worker in Russia. Khosiyatkhon is a professional seamstress and ...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorSandra, 35, has an eighth grade education. She is married and has two children, one in high school and another in elementary school. Her husband lives overseas. Sandra...Read their story >
RetailPhilippinesChynel Joy is a 24 year-old married woman and a mother of a three-year old baby girl. She is from Iloilo, in the Philippines. Chynel Joy sells crabs and fresh fish to ear...Read their story >
LivestockKyrgyzstanYryskan is 36 years old, married, and she has two school-age children. She has a specialized secondary education and is involved in animal husbandry and agriculture, two ac...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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