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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.
Clothing SalesEcuadorIn the city of Tosagua, the Communal Bank ‘Amigas de Tosagua’ get together every 15 days. This place is known for being a dynamic city. Most of the population work in agr...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorMs. Santos is 55 years old and for the past five years she has been selling empiñadas (sweets made with pineapple and jelly). She sells from door to door throughout the nei...Read their story >
CattleAzerbaijanEloglan is 42 years old, married and has three children: a 13-year old son who goes to school, an 11-year old daughter who is also in school and a son who is 3 years old. H...Read their story >
SewingTogoAyaovi is a clothes designer by profession and has been operating his business from his workshop since 2007. He is 40 years old and the father of one child. He sews clothin...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorMaría started a business selling corn and tamales with her mother when she was very young; today, she works for herself. María will use this capital to buy sweet corn. ...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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