Making a Difference in Our World through Kiva.org

The Connected Woman Association continues to support women from all walks of life, all ages and stages, in countries around the world.

We have created a fund at KIVA.org to help women build businesses, get an education or help their children get an education. We are raising money through our events and special fundraisers.

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.

Since Kiva was founded in 2005:

1,207,925 Kiva lenders

$589,017,950in loans

98.87% repayment rate

KIVA works with:

270 Field Partners

450 volunteers around the world

77 different countries

KIVA envisions a world where all people – even in the most remote areas of the globe – hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others.

They believe providing safe, affordable access to capital to those in need helps people create better lives for themselves and their families.

How they do it:

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 are called 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 KIVA is funded

100% of every dollar we lend on Kiva goes directly towards funding loans; Kiva does not take a cut. Furthermore, Kiva does not charge interest to their Field Partners, who administer the loans.

Kiva is primarily funded through the support of lenders making optional donations. They also raise funds through grants, corporate sponsors, and foundations.

“We are incredibly thankful for the support that has enabled us to do the work that has touched the lives of so many people.” ~ Kiva.org