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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.
FarmingKenyaStephen is a member of this group in the Webuye District. He is pictured here in a group of 7 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 64 ...Read their story >
ClothingKenyaAnne has a boutique business in Kitengela town and has been running it for the last 10 years. She is 46 years old, married and together with her spouse they have been bless...Read their story >
ServicesColombiaCamilo, a 19-year-old farmer, was raised and educated by his father, who taught him about farm labor from a young age. Thanks to this, he is now working as a brush cutter, ...Read their story >
General StoreEl SalvadorMaria, 42, lives with her husband who is a traditional fisherman. She has a shop where she sells rice, frijoles beans, milk, candy, soft drinks and more. She also sells o...Read their story >
General StoreTimor-LesteLucrecia is 34 years old and she is now applying for a loan of $600 to improve her business. She opened her kiosk in 2000 with her own working capital of $70. She earns a g...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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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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