Kiva is a nonprofit, personal micro-lending site that facilitates loans between lenders and low-income entrepreneurs in developing countries, using local lending companies and organizations as intermediaries. Lenders can find the business and entrepreneur they want to lend to based on region, business type, risk level, etc. Each posted loan is accompanied with bios for the respective entrepreneur, details on the why and what the loan is going to be used for, total amount raised from other lenders, loan duration (usually 6-12 months) and loan default risk.
Taking small payments, usually $25, from a bunch of Kiva lenders raises the loans. Once a loan's full amount has been raised it is transferred to one of Kiva's field partners. In most cases the field partners have already disbursed the loans depicted before they are posted for "backfilling" by lenders on the Kiva website. Field partners are local... See More
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