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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 SalesVietnamHằng has a retail business selling clothes. She is requesting a loan to purchase more clothing to resell. Hằng is 36 years old and is married with two children.. Hằng i...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorVilma, 35, is mother to 3 daughters whose ages are 17, 15 and 5 and to one son who is 12. She is married and lives with her husband who is dedicated to metal structure work...Read their story >
General StoreEl SalvadorJosé invested the previous loan in merchandise for stocking his store, which has had positive results for him, such as improvements to his home and finances, the settling o...Read their story >
FarmingMaliThe ten members of the FASOKADI 3 group are married women, who are on average 37 years old and have on average 5 children, and who live for the most part in traditional fam...Read their story >
RecyclingColombiaMarquires is a 59-year-old man who engages in recycling; he works every day with his wife, as they only have each other and their joint energies to reach a better standard ...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Karsten, 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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Any repayments are yours to keep, but we hope you’ll make another loan... or, like Karsten, 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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