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Community, Poverty

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We let you loan to the working poor Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. By choosing a loan on Kiva, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the entrepreneur you've sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back.


We partner with organizations all over the world Kiva partners with existing microfinance institutions. In doing so, we gain access to outstanding entrepreneurs from impoverished communities world-wide. Our partners are experts in choosing qualified entrepreneurs. That said, they are usually short on funds. Through Kiva, our partners upload their entrepreneur profiles directly to the site so you can lend to them.

We show you where your money goes Kiva provides a data-rich, transparent lending platform for the poor. We are constantly working to make the system more transparent to show how money flows throughout the entire cycle. The below diagram shows briefly how money gets from you to a third-world entrepreneur, and back!

We facilitate connections Kiva is using the power of the internet to facilitate one-to-one connections that were previously prohibitively expensive. Child sponsorship has always been a high overhead business. Kiva creates a similar interpersonal connection at much lower costs due to the instant, inexpensive nature of internet delivery. The individuals featured on our website are real people who need a loan and are waiting for socially-minded individuals like you to lend them money.

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GOOD Magazine and DESIGN 21 Host Kiva's First New York Event on Tuesday, March 4

@ Felissimo Townhouse 10 West 56 Street New York, NY 10019

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With support from Design 21 and Etsy

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  • Snacks by Clif Bar, FEED & sweetriot

If you are not already a subscriber to GOOD magazine, subscribe here now to help support Kiva. 100% of your subscription $ goes to benefit Kiva.

You can also subscribe or purchase gift subscriptions at our event. Your $20 subscription gets you: (1) One-year of GOOD (2) Entry to future parties nationwide (3) And all $20 goes to benefit KIVA!

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  • Jessica Flannery
  • asare adjei
  • Ashleigh Whelan
  • eve mosher
  • Hannah Chen

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