What is Kiva?
Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. At Kiva, we celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. Kiva is unique because, unlike other crowdfunding sites, borrowers receive a 0% interest loan, not a donation. Lending alongside others is one of the most powerful and sustainable ways to create economic and social good.
About Kiva Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh along with cities like Columbus, Louisville, Milwaukee, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco are part of the broader Kiva City program helping small business owners get the financing they need to grow and create jobs. Each Kiva City is made possible by a unique partnership of community groups, local government, foundations, and Kiva Trustees working together to connect Kiva lenders to entrepreneurs in their communities.
How Does Kiva U.S. Work?
- Choose a borrower
- Visit the Kiva U.S. category on the Kiva website. Browse hundreds of borrower profiles and find a story that connects with you.
- Make a loan
- Click ‘Lend’ to contribute $25 or more to a small local business.
- Get repaid
- Receive updates as the borrowers you support succeed and repay their loans.
- When borrowers repay, that money is yours to keep, donate to Kiva or lend again to empower someone new!
Apply for a Loan
Do you own a small business that is looking for capital? The Kiva community provides access to 0% interest loans and a community passionate about helping entrepreneurs in the United States! Kiva incorporates social factors into its underwriting process, using your character and trust network as a measure of creditworthiness.
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