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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.
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorAreli is 62 years old and lives in her own home together with her husband. She is an entrepreneurial woman who earns her daily living from her snack shop in which she sells...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorAna is 39 years old. She lives in her own house with her family group, made up of 4 members. She has worked making and selling tortillas for more than 7 years. In addition ...Read their story >
Higher education costsCambodiaPrahim is 25 years old, a university student, and an administrative assistant in an association. He earns $3 per day and lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Prahim would ...Read their story >
SewingPakistanNaseem is a 40-year-old house wife who looks after her four-person family. She is a good seamstress and provides home-based sewing services to the people. She needs to...Read their story >
LivestockHondurasMaricela is an entrepreneurial, honest and serious person. She lives with her husband and children in the south of Honduras. Her business is the purchase and sale of cattle...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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