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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 SalesKenyaSaumu is a businesswoman who is very hardworking. She is married with six children, five of whom are in school and one is underage. She lives in her own house that has neit...Read their story >
Grocery StoreVietnamMrs. Hồng has a retail business selling dry food and general things. She is requesting a loan to purchase votive objects, dry food and general things to resell. Hồng is ...Read their story >
Animal SalesPeruEdwin, age 47, lives with his wife and children in the Nanchoc district. He lives in a peaceful community. The population there devotes itself to farming, commerce, and l...Read their story >
FarmingEl SalvadorJuan is 57 years old. He did not get an education because at that time, resources were very tight for his family. He is married and has six children, of whom only two live ...Read their story >
Clothing SalesBoliviaCesar is single and does not have any children. He lives with his parents in El Alto. His house is made of bricks and cement and belongs to his parents. Cesar makes a l...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.
- Follow your loan.
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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