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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.
RetailPeruVictoria, 51, lives in a house of her own in the district of Cayalti, where the people are kind and religious. The population works in farming, cattle raising and commerce....Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaJoaquina is a friendly and determined woman, originally from Puerto Cabezas, 34 years old, married and has three young children. Her husband works as a diver. She has more ...Read their story >
AgricultureEcuadorNelson is 34 years old. He is in a common law marriage and lives with his wife and children, aged 12, 11, 9, 8 and 4. He likes to go to church. He lives in the Ventana...Read their story >
General StoreKenyaThis is Mwanamisi. She previously accessed a loan that she used to stock her retail shop business. Her earnings were a big help for her personal, household, and business ex...Read their story >
General StoreColombiaRamón lives with his wife; he has no children, but he has a great responsibility to support his household, pay rent, food, utilities, and medicines for him and his wife, as...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Sookie, 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 Sookie, 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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