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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.
Cosmetics SalesBoliviaLourdes continues with the same activity, selling cosmetics via catalog. She says that the previous loan went well for her, because she used it to buy cosmetics and jewelry...Read their story >
Spare PartsPakistanM. Asghar owns an auto spare parts shop in the area of Lahore, Pakistan and lives near his shop. His shop is situated in the vehicle’s spare parts market and it is challeng...Read their story >
RetailColombiaVanessa at 29 years old lives with her two small children, aged 1 and 5 in the south of the city. She has been in business since 2011 when she started selling stationary, c...Read their story >
ServicesKenyaJulius is a 34-year-old gentleman from Kisumu, married to Helen, who is also a business lady in the same town. They have two children, ages 6 and 12. He has rented out ...Read their story >
ServicesPhilippinesAs a married parent of six children, Ma. Ciela works hard to support her family. She has a manicure/pedicure service business in the Philippines, and also earns additional ...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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Your loan reaches borrowers via our Field Partners, who vet, distribute, and administer each loan.
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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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