Lenders receive credit with matching funds that they can use to support underserved entrepreneurs across the globe
About This Deal
The Issue: Lack of Financial Services in Remote Areas
$500 would allow a man in El Salvador to install a potable-water system in his home. $900 would enable a woman in Pakistan to buy a dairy cow, whose milk could raise enough money for her eight children to attend school. $375 would assist a man in Kenya in buying a stock of flour, sugar, and salt to sell in his store. But these people don't have access to ATMs or loans. They're part of the more than two billion people across the globe who, according to data from the Gates Foundation, live on less than $2 per day and have no access to financial services. But loans in this environment can have ripple effects, not only lifting the borrower's family out of poverty, but improving the life conditions for the people around them.
The Campaign: Funding Microloans for Entrepreneurs Across the Globe
If you give $25 to this Grassroots campaign, then you will receive two $25 credits to fund microloans through Kiva's website. Lenders fund loans in $25 increments to people and projects of their choice, whether it be a student's tuition in Mongolia or the startup for a small business in Bolivia. They will then receive periodic updates about the progress of the loan, including how the borrower's project is progressing and the percent they've repaid of the initial loan. As borrowers repay, Kiva returns the funds to each lender, who can then make another loan, donate to Kiva's operational costs, or withdraw their funds via PayPal. Any repayments by borrowers over the $25 purchase value will be returned to Kiva.
Microloans must be made in two separate transactions – the $25 you paid is known as the Standard Kiva Card, and the additional $25 matched by the Kiva donation pool is known as the Promotional Kiva Card.
Founded in 2005, Kiva is an international nonprofit with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive. Combined with the power of technology, Kiva has enabled $1.4 billion in risk tolerant capital to support over 3 million borrowers in 80+ countries with a 97% repayment rate. It does this by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for underserved small businesses and entrepreneurs, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world.
To learn more about how Kiva.org is supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, please visit their site: https://www.kiva.org.