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.
RetailNicaraguaThis group is composed of four enterprising and successful partners. One of them is Carla, a woman of 36 who is married with two younger children. For 15 years, she has wor...Read their story >
Personal PurchasesMongoliaMr. Byambatogtokh, 30 years old, lives with his wife and three children in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia. He has been rendering taxi service to local people for fou...Read their story >
Motorcycle TransportKenyaJamaa, aged 22 years, is a married man with one child who is still young for school. He owns a house that has neither electricity nor piped water. His greatest monthly expe...Read their story >
Consumer GoodsYemenHashim is 38 years old and married. He has two children and lives in Taiz, Yemen. He is an employee in the government sector getting a low salary, which is barely enough to...Read their story >
FishingEl SalvadorSalomón, who is 55, is married with five children. He has been selling seafood for around 30 years, having learned his trade with family members and friends. He buys his ...Read their story >
Kiva lenders 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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How Does Kiva Work?
- 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 perhaps get someone else involved 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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