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We loan because...
We want to encourage producing and making

About us
We believe, in most emerging countries, producing goods is key to economic growth and prosperity. Unfortunately many of Kiva borrowers rely on their retail business to earn a living- essentially becoming a middleman/woman and in a way only helping themselves and their family. In contrast, producers, makers and artisans create jobs, skilled workers and apprenticeship programs- to name a few- at the same time they spread entrepreneurial spirit, economic prosperity and sustainability for a large number of people.
From making goods for basic necessities to technology or creating arts and crafts, all countries have something to offer. Let’s help entrepreneurs who want to help themselves and the people around them. Please join us and let’s make the world a better place through encouraging the spirit of producing, making and artisanship.

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  • Karoline
    Karoline received a loan from Ellen to buy wooden carved designs, rubber designs, stencils and rolls of material, and for her bakery, she'll also be buying bags of flour and a large stove.
    0% repaid
  • Momoh
    Sierra Leone
    Momoh received a loan from 2 team members to purchase more boards and furniture.
    Dave & Anne Houman
    0% repaid
  • Marina
    Marina received a loan from Houman to buy coconut shells, elei printed materials, fabric paints, earrings, bangles, bracelets and t-shirts.
    0% repaid
  • Luis Alonso
    El Salvador
    Luis Alonso received a loan from 2 team members to purchase wholesale sheet metal, electrodes, various colors of paint, tin, etc.
    Houman Matt
    0% repaid
  • Rosa
    Rosa received a loan from Ellen to invest in the bulk purchase of leather and silver to prepare a good stock for the holiday season.
    0% repaid
  • Oscar
    Oscar received a loan from Ellen to invest in a bulk purchase of raw materials, including wood and leather.
    0% repaid
  • Alberto
    Alberto received a loan from Ellen to invest in hiring local artisans to help him, as well as in a bulk purchase of wool and wood.
    0% repaid
  • Erdenebazar
    Erdenebazar received a loan from Matt to buy wood in large amounts in order to run his wooden crafts business.
    0% repaid
  • Shamim
    Shamim received a loan from Dave & Anne to buy raw material for her husband's shutter work.
    Dave & Anne
    2% repaid
  • Wayan
    Wayan received a loan from Ellen to invest in a bulk purchase of silver for his designs.
    0% repaid

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