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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.
Phone Use SalesIndonesiaAhmad lives north of Bogor, about two hours from Jakarta. Ahmad manages a small shop selling mobile accessories and mobile phone airtime credit. Ahmad is single and lives ...Read their story >
General StoreNicaraguaTracee is a young 29 year old woman who lives in the Nuevo Amanecer neighborhood of Juigalpa Chontales. She and her husband have two beautiful school-aged daughters. For si...Read their story >
Cosmetics SalesNicaraguaFany is 30 years old. She is a single mother with a minor son. She is originally from Sauce, a place that is located in the northern zone of the region. She is known for be...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesPhilippinesMarieta is a hardworking entrepreneur who has a fruit and vegetable vending business in the Philippines. She is borrowing PHP 20,000 through NWTF to buy more fruits and...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorJosé is 41 years old and lives in his own house with his family. José makes a living growing corn and has now been working in farming for a number of years. This has given ...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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There are 2,974 loans currently seeking funding on Kiva.