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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.
Food MarketKenyaRuth is a married woman with two children, both of whom attend school. She lives in a rental house that has electricity and piped water. Ruth has operated a retail shop for...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaMoises aspires to continue improving his home, since he always counts on the support of his wife. In the previous loans, he has requested the loan to buy materials and buil...Read their story >
LivestockEl SalvadorMiguel, 27, is single and has no children. He lives with his mother and siblings. Miguel has worked in agriculture for seven years and it is his main source of income to ...Read their story >
Animal SalesPeruJosé Eligio is a 57 years old married man. He lives with his wife and children in the district of Oyotún, a rural area where the people work in agriculture, commerce and ca...Read their story >
General StoreUgandaEdson is 30 years of age, married, and the father of four children. He lives in Kasese Uganda. He has been operating a retail shop selling general merchandise for the last ...Read their story >
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