• Harriet
    A loan of $1,700 helps Harriet to stock clothes for selling.

  • Marcia Beatriz
    A loan of $1,500 helps Marcia Beatriz to buy pasta, rice, sugar, oil, soap, bread, eggs, soft dri...

  • Janneh
    A loan of $450 helps Janneh to buy more lappa and slippers to sell.

  • Jemmah
    A loan of $525 helps Jemmah to buy more bales of used clothes to sell.

Women's Entrepreneurship Fund

As many as 70% of women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries are unserved or underserved by financial institutions.

Kiva and the U.S. Department of State launched the Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund to empower women entrepreneurs globally by increasing their access to safe and affordable capital.

How it works

Donors contribute $250,000 or more to the Fund. The Fund then matches, dollar-for-dollar, money lent to women on Kiva’s online platform. The Fund will serve both microentrepreneurs taking out loans of a few hundred dollars, and women running social enterprises with loans up to $100,000.

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund uniquely combines crowdfunding and capacity building and allows donors to multiply the impact of every dollar: as loans are repaid, the funds will be be re-deployed to serve even more women entrepreneurs.

For more information on how to get involved as a funding partner, please email WEF@Kiva.org. 

Why invest in women?

  • Women reinvest 80% of their income in the wellbeing and education of their families
  • With the same amount of land, women can increase crop yields by 20%, reducing world hunger for 150 million people
  • Women business owners set an example for the next generation of students and leaders

Interested in a Kiva loan?

If you are interested in a Kiva loan and you are located in the United States, please explore our Kiva U.S. lending program.  If you are a social entrepreneur located outside of the United States and you are interested in a Kiva loan, please refer to the information on Kiva’s direct to social enterprise program.
  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!