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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.
ConstructionColombiaSeveral years ago, Joaquin worked in a cement company. There he had the opportunity to study construction in a very well recognized institution, and he decided to start wor...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorOscar, age 38, lives in his own house with his wife and their three children. The children are ages 18, 16, and 12, and they currently go to school. He grows corn and b...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorMaria is 61 years old. She went to school up until third grade. She wanted to be a professional, but in those days parents only wanted their children to learn how to work. ...Read their story >
PigsPhilippinesLailanie, age 32, is married to a farmer and blessed with two children. She has managed a hog raising business in their village for almost one year and earns a net income o...Read their story >
FoodBeninThe Titomagbadjrowa group is composed of five people who live in the same quarter. The leader of the group is called Zounkpa Agossi, and has her hand raised in the photo. Z...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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