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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.
Charcoal SalesPhilippinesMaria Fe is 34 years old and married, with five children. She works hard to provide for her family. She runs a buy-and-sell charcoal business in the Philippines and she ...Read their story >
Food StallColombiaCarmen is a fighter and a charismatic woman. She is the mother of two children who she has brought up with effort and much dedication. Fifteen years ago she started to work...Read their story >
VehicleCambodiaOriginally from Battambang province, Maany is a married mother blessed with three children. She struggles to support her family’s hardship, therefore she operates a junk i...Read their story >
Food MarketJordanBecause Muneera is a conservative woman, she asked her husband to take her place in the picture. Muneera was born in 1968. She is has six sons and daughters. Because of her...Read their story >
Phone Use SalesIndonesiaTumiran lives north of Bogor, about two hours from Jakarta. He manages a small shop selling snacks, groceries, mobile accessories and mobile phone airtime credit. Tumiran ...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Sheila, 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.
- Do it all again!
Any repayments are yours to keep, but we hope you’ll make another loan... or, like Sheila, 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 2,551 loans currently seeking funding on Kiva.