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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.
RetailMaliMostly married in monogamous households, the four members of the Djiguiya group are on average 36 years old with five children. They all live at Sabalibougou, one of the ne...Read their story >
Electrical GoodsSierra LeoneThis is 24-year-old Mohamed. He is married, and has no child. In 2007, Mohamed established his electronic items business. He began his business because he was not too educa...Read their story >
RetailParaguayAlfredo and his wife are very hardworking and entrepreneurial people. They both have their own businesses. His wife owns a diner, and he is a freelance salesman, selling al...Read their story >
FarmingCambodiaOnn is 64 years old and married with six children; three of whom are under her supports. The family has been farming rice for over forty years, and this is their primary so...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorDalia has decided to take another loan so that she can continue with her business selling pupusas [grilled, filled corn cakes] and stock up her store. She will invest this...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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