Kiva Trustees are technical assistance providers, community organizations, prior Kiva borrowers, and individuals committed to supporting social good and job growth through entrepreneurship. With their help, small business owners access 0% interest crowdfunded loans through Kiva. Over 50 individuals and agencies in the Pittsburgh area have stepped up to serve as Kiva Trustees.
Spread the Word about Kiva – Trustees let entrepreneurs in their community know that they can take advantage of a Kiva loan.
Vouch for Creditworthiness – A Trustee is not financially responsible for the borrower, but should be confident in the borrower’s business plan and character.
Help Ensure Success – Kiva leans on Trustees to ensure that borrowers are successful in the application, fundraising, and repayment process. Trustees track the borrowers progress as they apply, provide resources and advice during fundraising, and follow up with the borrower during the repayment process.
Increase the exposure – Trustee profile pages showcase each organization and their impact to date, and are visible to Kiva’s lenders around the world.
Track impact over time – Trustees can track and share data on the loans they endorse to communicate their impact to their network, award committees, and funders.
Invest in your community – By helping entrepreneurs gain access to funding to start or grow a business Trustees have the chance to make an integral impact in their communities.