Micro Financial Savings

Help the World. Feed the World. Save the World.
Women - Lend to empower women and promote gender equality.
Women - Lend to empower women and promote gender equality.
Group Loan - Support borrower solidarity and community by joining one of our Team group loans.
Group Loan - Support borrower solidarity and community by joining one of our Team group loans.
Housing - Help create safe and stable homes for their families.
Housing - Help create safe and stable homes for their families.
Start-Up - Give a boost with a $5 donation to entrepreneurs starting brand new businesses.
Start-Up - Give a boost with a $5 donation to entrepreneurs starting brand new businesses.
Transportation - Fuel local economies by helping entrepreneurs get from point A to point B.
Transportation - Fuel local economies by helping entrepreneurs get from point A to point B.
Vulnerable Groups - Empower marginalized people like widows, refugees and others.
Vulnerable Groups - Empower marginalized people like widows, refugees and others.

Transforming Lives

When jobs are created people survive on their own as their self-esteem and outlook on life improve dramatically. The income generated from their new businesses allows once poor families to begin to fulfill basic needs transforming one life at a time as each person escapes the tragedies of poverty. 
 

Field Partner Testimonials


Take us there: Don't like crowds? Check out these under-the-radar destinations.

Tiger adventure: Little boy's lost toy gets a tour of Tampa.

Our 27th Kiva Fellow class has been in the field for a few weeks now and we’re excited to share a few of their sights and experiences getting settled into the new countries, new homes and new assignments. We asked our fellows, “What made you smile this week?” and here are some responses:


Carly Schwartz | Mexico City, Mexico
“Two guys ran into the middle of the largest, busiest thoroughfare, Avenida de los Insurgentes in Mexico City, to perform and solicit donations every time there’s a red light.”


Supharin Chatt | Bay Area, United States
“Randomly running into a Kiva Zip borrower serving her signature Chino Latino beverages with the biggest and most genuine smile!”


Laura Joy | Colombia
“Hearing this borrower excitedly talk about his workshop and passion for making traditional wooden toys like this spinning top!”

This week, I'm visiting Kiva partners in Colombia with my dad. It's the first time in my 10 years at Kiva that I've been able to take my dad to visit Kiva borrowers in the field. He's been my biggest cheerleader, believed in our dream before many others did and was also one of Kiva's first donors in 2005!
Dad and me visiting Kiva partner Interactuar in Colombia this week 

It's been an amazing trip. So in the spirit of those celebrating Father's Day in more than 75 countries around the world this weekend, I wanted to share the story of one inspiring father we met.

Antonio invited us into his home and introduced us to his darling wife, Rosa, their 3 daughters & 2 grandchildren who he calls the “light of his life.” He then proceeded to make us all gifts on the machine he purchased with a Kiva loan in his adjoining shop. Antonio makes traditional wooden street toys and explained that the machine increased his sales by almost double. He glowed with pride and gratitude as he showed us his craft.

Kiva U’s very first video game is live! The interactive game can be played for free, online, with the goal of enabling younger audiences to learn more about microfinance. It helps middle school and high school students understand the microfinance lending cycle, the difference between loans and donations, and more about the main loan uses of Kiva borrowers.

It’s the latest project from Kiva U, which brings together over 69,000 students and teachers in a community where they can access tools and resources to raise awareness in their own communities, connect learning to impact, and create opportunity for people around the world.

Kiva U’s Jessica Hansen guided the development of the game, which was built by Kiva engineer Joshua Kiwiet-Pantaleoni, because more and more educators are using the fun, engaging elements of online games to get students more involved with subject matter. This new Kiva U game acts as an interactive tool to reinforce lessons about microfinance and take students around the world to Kiva borrowers in the field.

The Kiva U game starts off with a selection of borrowers, similar to the beginning stages of choosing a loan on Kiva.org.

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