Making a Better World Possible

At Kiva, we are marking the Month of Microfinance by celebrating the diverse movement of people who believe in making the world a better place through small acts.

Microfinance is a movement because it connects people in ways that simply weren’t possible only a decade ago.  More than 1 million people have lent $25 or more to an entrepreneur on Kiva, funding more than a half billion loans.  These loans empower people all over the world and give entrepreneurs the resources they need to change their own lives and their communities.

More young people are involved with Kiva than ever before, either on their own or through Kiva U, our education initiative. Kiva students and educators can find tools, curricula, and community as part of the award-winning program. What a unique way for students to learn the positive impact one person can have, and the importance of global community.

We are also excited this Month of Microfinance to reflect on how innovative microfinance has spurred new approaches to healthcare, environmental protection, education, and the empowerment of women and girls.

Community health workers are taking out loans for motorcycles that will allow them to reach patients in remote rural areas. Communities are accessing loans to establish dispensers that provide potable water to their communities, or to run clean and sanitary latrines in urban slums.

Green loans are made on Kiva for solar lamps that extend store hours and study time, or for clean cook stoves that reduce deforestation and health issues from traditional kerosene and wood burning stoves.

Girls from rural villages are receiving loans to attend university—something that was once only a far-off dream.

The advances in microfinance are multiplying quickly, and all are improving lives and empowering people in meaningful ways. Thank you for being a part of this movement and not only believing that a better world is possible, but making it possible with each microloan.

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