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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.
FarmingKenyaMaurice, pictured above, has been a farmer for more than 30 years, and is now proud to represent his group of 11 farmers in Kakamega North District. He is 57 years old, mar...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesEcuadorViviana is 34 years old and has 2 children. She is married and lives in the Pugacho neighborhood which is part of Ibarra, a place where the majority of people work in comm...Read their story >
Food StallKenyaHadija is a married mother of five children, all of whom graduated from school and are working. They live at their own house that has electricity and piped water. For y...Read their story >
Motorcycle TransportKenyaJohn is a 43-year-old male and married. He has one child, 4 years old, whom he supports. John has been in the transport industry via his motorcycle for some years and ...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorCarlos is 56 years old and lives in his own house with his wife. He has been growing cucumbers, corn and beans for several years. He started up with his own capital and he ...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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