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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.
RetailEl SalvadorMaría is 45 years old and lives with her husband and 23-year-old son. María is an enterprising woman who, for four years, has made a living selling catalogue goods. In orde...Read their story >
Food MarketPeruOswaldo is 43 years old and lives in Pucara District which is located in Jaén Province which belongs to Cajamarca Region in the North Andes of Peru. The people here work in...Read their story >
CerealsUgandaJackson is acquiring a loan to buy more maize to sell. He is 45 years old, lives in Hoima, Uganda and also does farming. He desires to build a residential house. His major ...Read their story >
FarmingArmeniaHasmik is a young farmer from Sisian town. She lives there with her husband and two little children (ages 9 and 5 years old). Her husband is an army officer. Hasmik has...Read their story >
Primary/secondary school costsIraqAli is a 33-year-old married man and the father of two children. He has a fresh meat shop that he earns his livelihood from. His son is in primary school and gets high grad...Read their story >
Kiva lenders, like Lucy, 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 Lucy, 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 4,837 loans currently seeking funding on Kiva.