• Leroy
    A loan of $2,900 helps Leroy purchase accounting tax preparation software, business equipment, an...

  • Andreas
    A loan of $5,000 helps Andreas increase our marketing, community outreach, and to secure vital vo...

  • Nadine
    A loan of $5,000 helps Nadine secure rent for the commercial kitchen, purchase supplies for inven...

  • Meg
    A loan of $5,000 helps Meg purchase new candy molds and new packaging; it also assists in the dev...

Each of Us Can Lend a Hand

When small businesses do well, local and national economies do well:
  • Small businesses create 2 out of 3 net new jobs in U.S. and often employ the most vulnerable groups in the workforce.
  • Small businesses employ half of all private sector employees and represent 99% of all businesses in the U.S.

Kiva City D.C. expands access to financial services for small business owners who have the dream and the plan, but who lack access to capital. For these businesses, microlending can serve as a bridge, providing working capital to start up, expand, and hire or retain employees.

The power to shape the course and success of the nation's economy belongs in all of our hands.

Kiva City D.C. is a partnership of Kiva, Latino Economic Development Center, Capital One and Kiva Trustees.
  1. Choose a borrower
    Browse hundreds of borrower profiles and find a story that connects with you.
  2. Make a loan
    Click ‘Lend’ to send money via our Field Partners, who vet, distribute and administer each loan.
  3. Get repaid
    Receive updates as the borrowers you support succeed and repay their loans.
  4. Repeat!
    When borrowers repay, that money is yours to keep, donate to Kiva or lend again to empower someone new!
About Microfinance
Safe, affordable capital to those in need helps people create a better life for themselves
The Story of a Kiva Loan
Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

About Kiva City

Kiva City D.C. joins Kiva City Detroit, New Orleans and Los Angeles as part of the broader Kiva City program extending small business access to microloans in U.S. cities.

Each Kiva City is a partnership of community groups, leaders and microfinance organizations working together to fill the funding gap faced by many of our nation's small businesses owners. Through microlending, people can help to crowd fund loans to small businesses as they start up or expand, creating jobs and stronger local communities.

If you are local to the D.C. area and would like to apply for a loan, please visit LEDC (www.ledcmetro.org) or https://borrow.kiva.org.


Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)

The Latino Economic Development Center equips Latinos and other D.C.-area residents with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities. The Community Asset Fund for Entrepreneurs, the new face of LEDC's Lending Program, equips entrepreneurs with the capital and skills to improve their lives and strengthen the small business community. Learn more at www.ledcmetro.org.

Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A., Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., and ING Bank, fsb, offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities — good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families — benefits us all and we are proud to support this and other community initiatives.

Kiva Trustees

Trustees are technical assistance providers, community organizations, and individuals committed to supporting entrepreneurship. Trustees help small businesses gain access to interest free loans through Kiva U.S.! Learn more at https://borrow.kiva.org