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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.
General StoreEl SalvadorJuan is 46 years old. He went to school up to the ninth grade, and the reason he didn't continue was because there weren't any further grades where he went to school, and b...Read their story >
Used ClothingCongo (DRC)Akisanti is a retailer and member of the 'Elonga A' Group, which works with the field partner, Hekima. She is 37 years old, divorced and mother to five children who all at...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesKenyaJoseline is a married woman with two children, both of whom attend school. She owns a house that has neither electricity nor piped water. Her greatest monthly expense is fo...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesMongoliaMrs. Oyunchimeg, 45 years old, lives with her husband in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. This summer their daughter began living separately after getting married...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEcuadorRosa María is an Ecuadorian woman who is 47 years old. She lives in Aláquez parish in a rural district of an area belonging to Cotopaxi Province. She is single and has a s...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Carol Wilkerson, 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 Carol Wilkerson, 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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