Make a loan, change a life

This World Refugee Day, support refugees in your community and across the world with a small loan.

Support a refugee

Support refugees and other causes.

How it works

By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, you can support the causes you care about and make a real personal impact.

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    Choose a borrower

    Browse by category and find an entrepreneur to support.

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    Make a loan

    Help fund a loan with
    as little as $25.

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    Get repaid

    Kiva borrowers have a 96% repayment rate historically.

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    Relend your money or withdraw your funds.

Irene’s story

Imagine dropping everything you have and leaving it all behind. There are 80 million refugees, like Irene and her family, facing that reality right now.

Irene started a clothing shop at the Kenyan refugee camp she lives in. When she first opened the business, she didn’t have much inventory to sell. But a Kiva loan changed all of that, helping her buy more to sell more. 

Refugees like Irene have trouble getting loans because banks think they’re high-risk. But Kiva’s not a bank—you can provide opportunity today.

Support a refugee

100% of your loan goes to the field.

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Nearly 80 million people are displaced from their homes today.

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The Kiva community has lent over $20 million to refugees so far.

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Nearly 24,000 refugees have been supported by Kiva loans.

More than a refugee


Kiva Board Chair, Egypt / U.S.

“To be a refugee is not an identity. It's a broken circumstance that happened to a person. It can happen to anyone.”


Borrower, Somalia / Kenya

“At first we couldn't adapt to the lifestyle in Kenya, but now I have and I'm happy... [After my loan], I felt encouraged. I can plan better to expand my business."


Borrower, Jordan / U.S.

“Refugees have to either put their family in huge danger, or they have to leave. Those people are engineers, well-known doctors, they are fathers and mothers.”

Lend to a refugee today!

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