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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 SalesArmeniaArmine lives in Vanadzor city in the Lori region. She has higher economical education and now has her own clothes trading business. Armine’s husband, as the result of car a...Read their story >
FarmingMaliThe members of group Benkadi II are married women; they are on average 41 years old with four children. They all live in polygamous families in the city of Sikoro, in Kadia...Read their story >
General StoreEl SalvadorNohema is 34 years old and lives with her husband, who works for a private company. She has a store that is located in her home. She has a lot of customers due to her goo...Read their story >
DairyKenyaHello! Meet Hellen, a 39-year-old small-scale farmer who hails from the Kitale area of Kenya, an area that is very blessed with beautiful weather patterns. She is a mother ...Read their story >
Recycled MaterialsColombiaJuan, who is 24 years old, decided to follow in his father's footsteps and has a scrap metal business. From a very young age he used to go straight from school to work in h...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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