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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 StorePhilippinesLea is a single entrepreneur who runs a general store in her village to earn a living. She has been doing this since she had to stop her studies. She has managed the busine...Read their story >
FarmingKyrgyzstanAnarkul is 61 years old and a widow. She has a son who helps his mother. Anarkul has a secondary education. For almost all of her life, she has worked in animal husbandry a...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesPakistanSajida is a 44-year-old married woman, living in the area of Lahore, Pakistan. She requested a loan for her husband’s green grocery business. Her husband has been selli...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorLedita, aged 27, is a single mother and lives in her own home with her son. She is a hard-working woman, who makes a living working as an artisan of clay goods. She make...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesMerle is 35 years old and married with five children. With one child still in school, Merle works very hard to provide for them. Merle runs a general store in the Philip...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Joan , 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 Joan , 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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