Dreams are universal – opportunity is not. You can unlock opportunity for people without access to a bank – whether they’re an entrepreneur, a student, a farmer, a single mom or a refugee. Lend as little as $25 to a microfinance loan on Kiva and make an exponential impact by re-lending your money over and over again. Join our community of 1.9 million people who have crowdfunded $1.4 billion in loans to 3.4 million borrowers in over 90 countries.
How Kiva works:
1. Choose a borrower – Browse by category and find an entrepreneur to support.
2. Make a loan – Help fund a loan with as little as $25.
3. Get repaid – Kiva borrowers have a 96% repayment rate historically.
4. Repeat – Relend your money or withdraw your funds.
We envision a financially inclusive world where all people hold the power to improve their lives.
More than 1.7 billion people around the world are unbanked and can’t access the financial services they need. Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 in San Francisco, with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive.
We do this by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for the underserved, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world. Through Kiva's work, students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care.
By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, you can be part of the solution and make a real difference in someone’s life. 100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans.
IT'S A LOAN, NOT A DONATION
We believe lending alongside thousands of others is one of the most powerful and sustainable ways to create economic and social good. Lending on Kiva creates a partnership of mutual dignity and makes it easy to touch more lives with the same dollar. Fund a loan, get repaid, fund another.
YOU CHOOSE WHERE TO MAKE AN IMPACT
Whether you lend to friends in your community, or people halfway around the world (and for many, it’s both), Kiva creates the opportunity to play a special part in someone else's story. At Kiva, loans aren’t just about money—they’re a way to create connection and relationships.
PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF A LOAN
Kiva started as a pioneer in crowdfunding in 2005, and is constantly innovating to meet people’s diverse lending needs. Whether it’s reinventing microfinance with more flexible terms, supporting community-wide projects or lowering costs to borrowers, we are always testing and learning.
LIFTING ONE, TO LIFT MANY
When a Kiva loan enables someone to grow a business and create opportunity for themselves, it creates opportunities for others as well. That ripple effect can shape the future for a family or an entire community.
Learn more about how Kiva works here: https://www.kiva.org/about/how
Disclaimer: The Kiva app does not provide personal loans to users. For more information about Kiva loans, please visit https://www.kiva.org/help