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Kiva connects people through lending to alleviate poverty.

Founded: 2005 by Premal Shah, Jessica Jackley

  • Program Area

    Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
  • Location of Impact

    Global, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, United States
  • Headquarters Location

    San Francisco, California, United States
  • Product Platforms

  • Budget

    $1,000,000 +
  • Founder Demographics


Kiva ( is a mission-driven technology nonprofit that facilitates ‘loans that change lives’ in more than 80 countries. We run a global marketplace platform to crowdfund microloans for financially excluded entrepreneurs, farmers and students around the world. Our organization combines the culture and technological passion of an internet start-up with the compassion and empathy of a non-profit to create impact and opportunity at a global scale. In just 13 years, we have raised more than $1.2 billion in loan capital for 2.7 million borrowers in 83 countries. Our lenders fund over $10 million in loans every month. With offices in San Francisco, Portland, New York, Nairobi, and Bangkok, Kiva's team includes 100+ employees and 400+ volunteers worldwide.

Funders and Awards

Awards: The Economist’s Innovation Award, TIME magazine Top 50 Websites, Goldman-Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, Google Global Impact Challenge, WSJ Award for Effectiveness, Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, TiE Top 50 start-up, among others. Funders: Draper Richards Kaplan, Skoll Foundation, Omidyar Network, Google, Cisco, and many more.