• Ki
    A loan of $5,000 helps Ki provide new beauty supplies for our customers and to start a new location.

  • Keir
    A loan of $5,000 helps Keir start and grow my health care business, as well as employ 2 nurses an...

  • Maria
    A loan of $10,000 helps Maria expand the TeaPops into local and regional distribution markets

  • Alethea
    A loan of $2,500 helps Alethea build my t-shirt inventory and expand the selection of my handmade...

  • Adam
    A loan of $5,000 helps Adam invest in inventory, driving the growth of both the online and in-sto...

When you lend in Pittsburgh

You can make a difference in so many ways:

  • Support small businesses, which create 2 out of 3 new jobs in the U.S.
  • Back employers who are likely to hire people of color, women and youth.
  • Jumpstart the local economy, strengthening schools, communities and social services that touch even more lives.
  • Small business owners and budding entrepreneurs are struggling to access the loans they need to get started and grow. They’re denied loans from conventional  lenders for any number of reasons: the amount of money they need is too small, their business is too young, their plan is too innovative or their credit history is too short or damaged. 

What they do have is passion, plans and people in their community that know and trust them.  And now they have you!

When small businesses do well, we all do well.
Kiva City Pittsburgh loans are sourced by Kiva Zip 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 Kiva City

Pittsburgh joins Little Rock, Detroit, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Newark, the District of Columbia and Richmond, Va., as part of the broader Kiva City program helping small business owners get the financing they need to grow and create jobs.

Kiva Cities are a partnership of local community groups, microfinance organizations and Kiva Zip Trustees working together to connect Kiva lenders to entrepreneurs that they know and trust in their communities.


PNC Foundation and the PNC Charitable Trusts:

Funding was provided by PNC Foundation and the PNC Charitable Trusts. The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economics I development, which includes the arts and culture. PNC Charitable Trusts awards grants to worthy nonprofit organizations from charitable trusts for which PNC has fiduciary and grant making responsibility.

Richard King Mellon Foundation

The Richard King Mellon Foundation supported the launch of Kiva CIty Pittsburgh.  For more information, please visit the foundation site>

Henry L. Hillman Foundation Opportunity Fund

The Opportunity Fund of the Henry L. Hillman Foundation invests in promising early-stage non-profit initiatives that address critical community needs and create opportunities through leveraging the unique strengths of the Pittsburgh region. The Opportunity Fund supports proposals that have the potential for broad regional impact, foster collaboration among multiple community partners, use proven best practices or create new standards, and accelerate innovation. Fund priority is given to projects that seek to confront complex regional issues and use creative, and perhaps unexpected, problem-solving strategies. 

The Evan and Tracy Segal Family Foundation

The Evan and Tracy Segal Family Foundation supports numerous civic and community organizations based on their belief in the importance of giving back in the spirit of tikkun olam (humanity's shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world).  The Foundation makes charitable donations to selected non-profit organizations in the following categories: Social Justice, Global Relief, Medical Research, Animal Welfare, Veterans, the Environment, Economic Development, and Social Entrepreneurship.  

Kiva Zip Trustees

Kiva Zip trustees are technical assistance providers, community organizations, and individuals committed to supporting social good and job growth through entrepreneurship. With their help, small business owners can access 0% interest crowdfunded loans through Kiva Zip. In Pittsburgh, our trustees include (sorted by descending endorsements):

52nd Street Market (2 loans endorsed)
Aaron S. Aldrich (2)
Allegheny County Economic Development (1)
Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone (1)
Art Resource Teaching Society Inc. (2)
Barry E. Johnston (1)
Bloomfield Garfield Corporation (1)
BullDawgs Pgh (2)
Catapult (8)
Christian Evangelistic Economic Development (13)
Dianne Miller (1)
Divine Intervention Ministries (1)
DJ Smulick (1)
Economic Development South (1)
F. Dok Harris (1)
Growth Through Energy Community Health (GTECH) Strategies (1)
Hazelwood Initiative (1)
Hill CDC (1)
Idea Foundary (1)
Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (3)
Joyce Opfermann (1)
Kit Needham (1)
Lawrenceville Corporation (2)
Leona's Ice Cream Sandwiches (1)
Lydiah's Coffee House (1)
Maria Graziani (1)
McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation (1)
Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (1)
Nina Barbuto (1)
Olive & Marlowe (1)
Operation Better Block (4)
Patrick Miller (1)
Pittsburgh East Rotary Club (1)
Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (1)
Pittsburgh Public Market (11)
Regina Johnson (1)
Rose Glinski (1)
Schifino Design (1)
Shadyside Nursery (2)
Style & Steel (1)
Sustainable Connellsville (1)
Tara Rockacy (2)
The Beauty Shoppe (2)
The Motherhood Inc (1)
Thrill Mill, Inc. (1)
Tonya Edmonds (1)
Urban Innovation21 (13)
Vernard Alexander Enterprises (14)
Wildcard (1)
Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (2)
Work Hard Pittsburgh (2)


To learn more about Kiva City Pittsburgh, or explore becoming a borrower or trustee, please contact Emily Keebler (Kiva City Pittsburgh Lead) at emily.keebler@fellows.kiva.org