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We loan because...
After stumbling into a job as a luxury travel writer, I saw so much poverty that I decided to turn those paychecks into Kiva loans. Then I visited a bunch of clients, who were amazing, and I wrote a book about it called "The International Bank of Bob" (Walker/Bloomsbury, 2013).

I hope the book will help you feel a greater understanding of Kiva, a better appreciation of the role of microfinance, and most of all, a greater sense of connection to the rest of the world.

About us
People who realize that if we switched places with the recipients, they'd lend to us just as happily. So, fair's fair.

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  • Denis Josué
    El Salvador
    Denis Josué received a loan from Mary to pay laborers to maintain his crops as well as to pay the rent on the lot of land he farms.
    Mary
     Only 25 hours left! 
    $525 to go
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  • Maryini Soliet
    Nicaragua
    Maryini Soliet received a loan from 2 team members to buy notebooks, pencils, nail varnish, glitter, glue, card, coloured paper, underwear and shirts.
    Mary Janet
     Only 24 hours left! 
    $475 to go
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  • Azucena Del Carmen
    Nicaragua
    Azucena Del Carmen received a loan from 2 team members to buy cucumbers, plantains, bananas, chamomile, watermelon, tomatoes, onions, cassava, and cabbage.
    Mary Janet
     Only 24 hours left! 
    $625 to go
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  • Maria Bertila
    Ecuador
    Maria Bertila received a loan from 2 team members to buy chickens, guinea pigs, grass, feed and products such as rice, sugar and oil.
    Mary Janet
     Only 23 hours left! 
    $650 to go
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  • Luis Beltrán
    El Salvador
    Luis Beltrán received a loan from 2 team members to pay the workforce who work on his corn crop.
    Mary Janet
     Only 19 hours left! 
    $550 to go
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  • Juan Alberto
    El Salvador
    Juan Alberto received a loan from 2 team members to buy seeds and fertiliser to grow corn.
    Mary Janet
     Only 18 hours left! 
    $350 to go
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  • Luis Fernando
    Colombia
    Luis Fernando received a loan from 2 team members to invest in the purchase of supplies, stationery, bindings, inks, soft pastels and other printing items, and to pay the rent for his store.
    Mary Janet
     Only 7 hours left! 
    $300 to go
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  • Energy+
    Mali
    Energy+ received a loan from 3 team members to purchase solar home systems and lanterns for rural customers in Mali.
    Janet James Julie M
    $16,275 to go
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  • Martin
    Uganda
    Martin received a loan from Janet to boost liquidity in his mobile banking business.
    Janet
    $1,125 to go
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  • Aileen
    Kenya
    Aileen received a loan from Janet to buy seeds and fertilizers to improve her horticulture farming, increase her output and, as a single mom, earn profits to educate her children.
    Janet
    $450 to go
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  • Bidhaa Sasa
    Kenya
    Bidhaa Sasa received a loan from 12 team members to provide last mile electricity, sanitation, clean cooking & water solutions to rural East Africans during COVID-19 and beyond.
    Janet Default lender image Delphine & kids TJ Patty Janice Adele Kiva at Rowland Hall Amy Shanny Steven Jan
    $60,725 to go
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Impact   Updated Hourly

2,398
Team Members
$10,043,775
Amount Funded
238,860
Loans
99.6
Loans per member

Rankings Across All Teams

#9 for Amount Funded (All Time)
#9 for Amount Funded (This Month)

Rankings In Common Interest Category

#10 for New Users (This Month)
#5 for Amount Funded (All Time)
#4 for Amount Funded (This Month)
#10 for Amount Funded (Last Month)