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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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  • Kamry
    United States
    Kamry received a loan from Jeff and Julie which helps an entrepreneur establish her business despite the challenges of Covid-19.
    Jeff and Julie
    $3,800 to go
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  • Pawame
    Pawame received a loan from 2 team members to provide last-mile solar powered electricity to rural, low-income households in Kenya.
    Steven Christian
    $198,299 to go
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  • Elmira
    Elmira received a loan from Nancy to buy dairy cows to increase her cattle headcount and sales of organic milk.
  • Penina's Group
    Penina's Group received a loan from Nancy to buy cost-efficient maize seeds and fertilizer for the coming harvesting season, as well as a solar light.
    $175 to go
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  • Sandra Maria
    Sandra Maria received a loan from Judy to buy pots, plates, knives, containers, and many other kitchen utensils.
  • Rozigul
    Rozigul received a loan from ron backner to buy necessary threads, fabrics and other necessary materials for her embroidery business.
    ron backner
    $300 to go
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  • Ruth
    Ruth received a loan from ron backner to pay for new patterned fabric, sewing materials and retail goods for her small kitchen shop.
    ron backner
  • Mele
    Mele received a loan from ron backner to buy mulberry for her tapa making, fertilizer and plowing for their plantation, and also to help with their kids' school fees.
    ron backner
    $2,200 to go
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  • Zaynab
    Zaynab received a loan from ron backner to pay for her child’s tuition at the university so that he can get a proper education and become a highly qualified specialist in the future.
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#9 for Amount Funded (All Time)

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