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Kiva blog posts

As a woman entrepreneur, Manal faces extraordinary challenges. But with perseverance and the help of a Kiva loan, Manal continues to deflect criticism, overcome challenges, and upend social norms to succeed.

When Zuora, a leading monetization platform provider for recurring revenue businesses, wanted a way to level up its social impact, it looked to Kiva to dial in the details.

On the coast of Ecuador, Noemi runs the Aloha Bar Restaurant just steps from the beach. A Kiva loan helped her make the luau-themed gathering spot a success.

Kiva commissioned a national, multi-generational survey to learn how Americans are motivated to make a difference in the world. Find out the most important trends from our State of Altruism pulse.

If Kiva is all about lending... why do we need your donations? Find out how donating to Kiva advances our mission to expand financial access and help underserved communities thrive.

Xiomara is a former nurse from Venezuela. After her husband died from COVID-19, she was motivated to start her own holistic esthetician business in Ecuador, with the help of a Kiva loan.

In addition to helping the causes that matter to you, charitable contributions are a savvy way to save money on your taxes. 

Since 2011, Frans has made an astonishing 710 loans. As a Monthly Good subscriber, he continues to relend his balance in $25 increments to impact as many people as he can.

Nathalie serves as a skipper on an European cargo ship that moves goods from around the world. The Dutch seafarer learned about Kiva from a social impact influencer and loved the idea of lending directly to people. She actively supports single mothers and farmers who use natural fertilizers that don’t pollute waterways.

Umpqua Bank celebrates a million dollar milestone of matching Kiva US loans for women and BIPOC entrepreneurs.

Kiva lender Ken lives in New Zealand, but has felt a distinct kinship with the people of Cambodia and Vietnam since making several visits to their countries. Aware of the imbalance of gender equality in this part of the world, Ken chooses to lend mainly to women.

With a Kiva loan, Neriman, a mother of 9, continues to expand her dairy business and support her family.