Founded in 2005 with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, Kiva is an international nonprofit based in San Francisco. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
By lending as little as USD 25 on Kiva, anyone can assist a borrower in starting or growing a business, going to school, accessing clean energy, or realizing their potential. For some, it is a matter of survival, for others it is the fuel for a life-long ambition.
One hundred percent of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors. When a Kiva loan empowers someone to grow a business and open the door of opportunity for themselves, it creates opportunities for others, too. That ripple effect can shape the future for a family or an entire community.