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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.
CafeKenyaRehema is a widowed woman with four children, three adults and one still in school. She owns a house that has electricity but not piped water. Rehema operates a cafe bu...Read their story >
Used ClothingNicaraguaAna Rosa is in the business of selling used clothing. Her husband is an auto mechanic. They work hard every day to pay the household expenses and for schooling for their tw...Read their story >
RetailKenyaMtama is a married mother and has kids, all of whom attend school. She owns a house that has electricity but not piped water. Her greatest monthly expenses are school fees ...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesMaura is 49 years old and married with five children. With four children currently in school, she works very hard to provide for them. Maura runs a general store in the ...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorMarina, who is 35 years old, lives with her husband and their two children, ages 11 and 2. She makes and sells snacks such as tostadas with sliced potatoes, yucca, and plan...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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