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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.
Milk SalesPakistanRazia, age 33, is a married woman and has been running a business of milk selling for many years with the support of her husband who is also shown in the photo. She has two...Read their story >
LivestockTajikistanMavlonkul is a happy grandfather and a good family man. He lives in the country and earns a living fattening livestock. Raising sheep serves as a source of wool and meet fo...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesCirila is a married woman with three children. She is a very hard working entrepreneur. Cirila is 45 years old and has one child who is currently in school. Cirila has a...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesAngilyn is 48 years old and married. She was gifted with only one child and they live happily in a rural community. She owns and manages a retail store within her commu...Read their story >
Home EnergyCambodiaBuy, 52 years old, is an active rice farmer in a small community of Kampong Speu Province. He has two dependent children, and he also has one married child. To make a livin...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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- Choose a borrower.
Your loan reaches borrowers via our Field Partners, who vet, distribute, and administer each loan.
- Follow your loan.
You’ll get periodic updates about the progress of your loan, including repayments as they become available.
- Do it all again!
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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