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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.
LivestockYemenYaslem is a 51-year-old married man with four children; they live in a house in Mokala, Yemen. His oldest child is 17 years old and the youngest is one year old. Yaslem stu...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorEstebana, 64, has a business selling vegetables such as: cassava, squash, yucca flowers, etc. She's been making her sales in the central market in her town for many years....Read their story >
Clothing SalesTanzaniaSakina is in her early 30s and is single with four kids who are still in school. She has been running two projects, a boutique selling clothes and shoes and a catering busi...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesPhilippinesEderlina is fifty-one years old and married with eight children, three of whom are in school. Ederlina works very hard to provide for them. Ederlina's business and famil...Read their story >
Animal SalesKosovoRemzi, at 24 years old, is recently married and living with his father, sister and his wife in a small village. In order to earn a living, he sells wood for heating to othe...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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- 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 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 2,744 loans currently seeking funding on Kiva.