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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.
Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaReyna is single. She is looking for a way to improve in life together with her daughter that they can share. Reyna works making tortillas every day and nacatamales on wee...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorRafael is 36 years old and is a widower. He finished his secondary school studies. He works as a policeman. His two children are 17 and 13 years old. The first one is study...Read their story >
RetailNicaraguaFátima is a single 30-year-old mother, since she became single, she has sought a way ahead in life, and it is her two children who are her main driving force. At this momen...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorTeresa is 44 years old and lives with her husband in the home of one of her relatives. Her husband works as a bricklayer. For several years she has sold tortillas from he...Read their story >
RetailPeruLuchadoras de Yanacoto communal bank's members work hard and enthusiastically to achieve a better standard of living for their families. Gladys, 33, is single and has two 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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