Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. In seven years, lenders have contributed nearly $350,000,000 in loans that have gone to over 850,000 borrowers in 64 countries. Donations to Kiva through EDC 2012's fundraising drive will support Kiva's operations in Kenya and Tanzania, and enable Kiva to reach more borrowers in those countries. To date, over 40,000 borrowers in Kenya and Tanzania have received a Kiva loan.

Why we do what we do

We envision a world where all people - even in the most remote areas of the globe - hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others.

We believe providing safe, affordable access to capital to those in need helps people create better lives for themselves and their families.

How we do it

Making a loan on Kiva is so simple that you may not realize how much work goes on behind the scenes.

Kiva works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. One hundred percent of your loan is sent to these microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, who administer the loans in the field.

Kiva relies on a world wide network of over 450 volunteers who work with our Field Partners, edit and translate borrower stories, and ensure the smooth operation of countless other Kiva programs.

Learn more about how it works.

How we're funded

100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes directly towards funding loans; Kiva does not take a cut. Furthermore, Kiva does not charge interest to our Field Partners, who administer the loans.

Kiva is primarily funded through the support of lenders making optional donations. We also raise funds through grants, corporate sponsors, and foundations.

We are incredibly thankful for the support that has enabled us to do the work that has touched the lives of so many people.

In addition to supporting Kiva through the EDC 2012 Fundraising drive you can also go directly to their site to Make a loan!



Donation Levels/Impact for KIVA:

  • $50 - Empower more borrowers.  $50 helps generate another $500 in loans from our online community.

  • $100 - Better Technology & Innovation.  $100 makes Kiva's technology smarter, faster, and better.

  • $250 - Fund Site Visits to our Field Partners.  $250 helps fund site visits to 5 microfinance institutions each week.

  • $1000 - Support a Kiva Fellow.  $1,000 Supports a week of field training for one Kiva Fellow before they go into the field.

  • $5000 - Expand into new geographies.  Helps Kiva review new partnerships and can enable expansion into new geographies.