Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
- 1,384,940 Kiva lenders
- $811,485,800 in loans
- 98.40% repayment rate
- 304 Field Partners
- 450 volunteers around the world
- 83 different countries
Why we do what we do
We envision a world where all people – even in the most remote areas of the globe – hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others.
We believe providing safe, affordable access to capital to those in need helps people create better lives for themselves and their families.
How we do it
Making a loan on Kiva is so simple that you may not realize how much work goes on behind the scenes.
Kiva works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. One hundred percent of your loan is sent to these microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, who administer the loans in the field.
Kiva relies on a world wide network of over 450 volunteers who work with our Field Partners, edit and translate borrower stories, and ensure the smooth operation of countless other Kiva programs.
How we’re funded
100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes directly towards funding loans; Kiva does not take a cut. Furthermore, Kiva does not charge interest to our Field Partners, who administer the loans.
Kiva is primarily funded through the support of lenders making optional donations. We also raise funds through grants, corporate sponsors, and foundations.
Our Charity Focus
The original Crowd-Funding. These are small loans (micro-financing) to people all over the world, who repay it within a year. You can either pull out your money at that time or direct it to another worthwhile project. Awesome!
You + ZGS Marketplace support them
- START HERE, before you buy, to see if the companies or products you are looking to purchase are in the Zero-Gravity Marketplace. (If not, send us a quick note to add them to our offerings!)
- CLICK ON THE LINKS, THEN BUY: A portion of all net proceeds of sales | commissions during this Charity Focus time period will be directed to Kiva.
- USE THE CODE BELOW: where applicable on select Zero-Gravity products and you will earmark additional proceeds specifically forKiva. Use it when signing up for any of our Shimmering Data Security Solutions and they will enjoy recurring funding for the life of the account: