• Jessie
    A loan of $10,000 helps Jessie fill gaps in our cash flow while we gear up for 2 large contracts ...

  • Danielle
    A loan of $10,000 helps Danielle ensure my business is ready to operate with enough staff on boar...

  • Jevona
    A loan of $10,000 helps Jevona build two handicap accessible restrooms, purchase security and sur...

  • Christian
    A loan of $10,000 helps Christian employ men who were trained to sew in prison and to expand our ...

  • Kyle
    A loan of $10,000 helps Kyle market my business nationally, build my inventory, and hire employees.

Photo: Photo by Flickr user June West

Kiva Detroit: Lend local

By lending to local small businesses you can take an active role in choosing the shape of Detroit's future.  Discover community entrepreneurs and become a customer, brand ambassador and business adviser to the borrowers you fund with 0% interest loans.

Lend.          Borrow.            Refer.
  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 Kiva Detroit

Kiva Detroit small business owners in the tri-county area get the financing they need to grow and create jobs for their local communities.

Kiva Detroit is made possible in partnership with local community groups and Kiva's Trustee partners working together to connect Kiva lenders to entrepreneurs that they know and trust in their communities.


Michigan Corps

Michigan Corps is a community organization based in Detroit whose platform and initiatives meet Michiganders where they are and empower citizens, reaching out to small business owners and deepening the community engagement of Detroiters. Michigan Corps works with Kiva to give Michiganders everywhere easy opportunities to make a difference in our home state.

Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation invests in residents- including immigrants and entrepreneurs- as drivers of economic growth, job creation and neighborhood revitalization, by promoting informed and engaged communities nationwide. All individual loans to Kiva Detroit’s small businesses will be matched dollar-for-dollar on Kiva.org by the Knight Foundation until June 2018.


Accion USA provides microfinance servicxes to small business owners natiowide via an online lending platform. We train the Michigan Corps small business outreach team, underwrite and administer all loans. We are thrilled to work with Kiva to empower low- to moderate-income business owners.

Build Institute

Build Institute provides information, connections and key tools to help people build a project or business in Detroit, getting their businesses in place before they reach Kiva. Build Institute is excited to join Kiva Detroit and provide crowdfunded microloans focused on character rather than credit to our entrepreneurs.