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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.
Barber ShopPakistanAbdullah lives in Karachi. He is 40 years old, married, and has five children. He is a barber by profession, as seen in the picture, and has run a barber shop in his commun...Read their story >
TransportationUgandaJohn is a thirty-four-year-old male. He deals in the transportation business and his clients are traveling people. He began this business to increase his income. John hopes...Read their story >
Furniture MakingUnited States“I have a passion for building unique items and making my creations come to life,” Trevor said. Trevor is a former salesman with a background in jewelry merchandising. ...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorMirna is 32 years old and lives with her life partner and their 4 children aged 18, 14 10 and 3 years old. She is an enterprising woman who has been selling tortillas in he...Read their story >
FarmingMaliThe ten members of the Tiessiri 6 group are married women, who average 37 years of age with three children each; they all live in traditional families in N'tiesso, one of t...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.
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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 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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