Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva celebrates and supports people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.
By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.
100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans.
- It’s a loan, not a donation. Kiva loans have a historical repayment rate of 97%.
- You choose where in the world to make an impact.
- Your loan enables someone to grow a business and create opportunity for themselves, which creates opportunities for others as well.
- Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.
We’ve been partnering with Kiva for over 5 years and have focused our loans in Tajikistan for women who are starting businesses. Most recently, we funded a loan to help a woman start a sewing business. You can choose from a wide array of countries. It’s simple, safe and changes lives. – Lori Hahn