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Cause:Poverty

Founded:2005

Geographic Reach:
International

Address:
3180 18th Street, Suite 201 
San Francisco, CA 94110
828.479.5482

URL:

Kiva

Loans that Change Lives
Mission:

Kiva's mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Who We Serve:

Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.

Kiva was born of the following beliefs:

People are by nature generous, and will help others if given the opportunity to do so in a transparent, accountable way.

The poor are highly motivated and can be very successful when given an opportunity.

By connecting people we can create relationships beyond financial transactions, and build a global community expressing support and encouragement of one another.

Kiva promotes:

Dignity: Kiva encourages partnership relationships as opposed to benefactor relationships. Partnership relationships are characterized by mutual dignity and respect.

Accountability: Loans encourage more accountability than donations where repayment is not expected.

Transparency: The Kiva website is an open platform where communication can flow freely around the world.