Change a woman's life with a loan.
Cosmetics SalesKenyaLilian is married with two children, one of whom attends school while the other is still too young for school. She owns a house that has electricity and piped water. Her gr...Read their story >
BlacksmithPakistanRazia is a 34-year-old woman, residing in Lahore, Pakistan. She is a housewife and looks after her family at home. Her husband provides services in shuttering work for buil...Read their story >
Clothing SalesZimbabweMemory is a young businesswoman who lives in the Binga District of Zimbabwe. She is not yet married and lives with her parents. To support herself, she sells clothes at a f...Read their story >
FarmingEl SalvadorMaría is 60 years old and did not have the opportunity to study. She is now married and her husband works in agriculture. They have seven children who live with them.
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JewelryPakistanKhurshid is a housewife and is blessed with three children. Her husband is in the business of selling gemstones. He buys gemstones from the market and, after refurbishing t...Read their story >
When you lend to a woman
You can set off an amazing chain reaction. It all starts with a $25 loan to start a business and grow her income:
- Women reinvest 80% of their income in the health and well-being of their children.
- A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more like to live past age 5.
- For girls, every additional year of school increases her future earning potential by 20%.
- Daughters of economically empowered mothers are more likely to follow in their footsteps.
Now that’s a virtuous cycle. It’s easy to do your part.
Kiva connects millions of people through lending to alleviate poverty worldwide. By providing fair access to affordable capital, hundreds of thousands of lenders just like you empower borrowers to improve their own lives.
We work with socially-driven organizations in 65+ countries to offer microloans to the people who need it most -- but also to promote clean energy, support conflict-zone recovery, and much more. Join us and make a loan today.
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Your loan reaches borrowers via our Field Partners, who vet, distribute, and administer each loan.
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You’ll get periodic updates about the progress of your loan, including repayments as they become available.
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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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