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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.
FarmingPhilippinesGloria is 51-year-old farmer from Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur. This season she plans to redouble her efforts to earn more for her family.
Consequently, Gloria has req...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesIndiaMaa Annapurna SHG (Self Help Group) is a newly formed group. It is made up of women who want to bring change to their daily lives through the program. They all live in the ...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaDigna is a single mother of a 22-year-old son. Together they have made many sacrifices and put forth a lot of effort in order to move ahead. Digna has a business selling ro...Read their story >
AgricultureGuatemalaGregorio Rufino is 36 years old (he is third on the left in the photo, wearing a red checked shirt) and lives in the Santa Lucía Utatlán municipality of the Sololá departme...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorMarco is 45 years old and lives with his wife and five children, who are 23, 16, 14, 12 and 6 years old each. Marco is hard-working and earns a living selling groceries in ...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.
Join us and make a loan today.
- 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 3,939 loans currently seeking funding on Kiva.