Donor base: United States
Application procedure: Online Application
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Annual number of calls: Open all year

Financial details

Donor size: Large - more than $5,000,000
Funding instruments: Loans
Annual funding volume: More than $20,000,000
Funding ratio: Up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Climate Change
  • Disability
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Social Inclusion
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Samoa, Vanuatu


1) About

Kiva is an international nonprofit organisation, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva started as a pioneer in crowdfunding in 2005, and is constantly innovating to meet people’s diverse lending needs such as reinventing micro-finance with more flexible terms, supporting community-wide projects or lowering costs to borrowers. By leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of micro- finance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunities around the world. It supports people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. Kiva allows micro-finance institutions, social businesses, schools and non-profit organisations around the world, called “Field Partners”, to post profiles of qualified local entrepreneurs on its website lenders can then browse and choose an entrepreneur they wish to fund. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.

2) Thematic Interest

  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Women and gender
  • Agriculture and rural development

3) Focus Countries

Kiva operates in over 80 low income countries worldwide.

4) Application Procedure

To apply the first step is filling out a simple online application for lenders to learn more about the business. One can only join the group by making a loan to another small business owner on Kiva by selecting a borrower who you can connect with and help fund a loan with as little as $25. Then one can ask their family and friends for assistance by lending to you so as to prove their credit-worthiness. Receive updates on your loans and see the money return to your Kiva account. Use your loan to grow your business and return lenders on their investment. Loans can be requested all year round.

5) Contacts

Kiva Headquarters
875 Howard Street, Suite 340
San Francisco, CA 94103

T: +1 828 479 5482
E: please use the online form

Contact name: Cherry Mangat (Kiva product manager)

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