The website That Pioneered Online Microloans to Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries Now Brings Same Opportunity to U.S. Entrepreneurs in Partnership With Maria Shriver, First Lady of California
Kiva.org -- the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website -- has launched a pilot expansion in the United States, allowing individuals anywhere to make small loans to U.S. entrepreneurs through the Kiva.org website.
Kiva.org brings its global, online micro-lending platform to the United States at a financial tipping-point for many small businesses. Small businesses represent more than 87 percent of all businesses in the United States, and, on average, these microenterprises are responsible for 900,000 new jobs created per year.(1) Despite these statistics, more than 10 million business owners faced difficulty obtaining business capital -- even before the credit crisis and economic slowdown.
Beginning today on Kiva.org, through partnerships with local microfinance institutions ACCION USA and Opportunity Fund, individuals will be able to browse and lend to small businesses across the United States. Through Kiva's website (www.kiva.org), a loan of $25 can be made to support an entrepreneur, and the specific progress of the loan can be tracked, from initial funding to repayment. Upon receiving repayment, lenders can withdraw their funds or relend to another entrepreneur, thereby continuing the lending cycle.
"Most people think of microfinance as something that helps people in the developing world alone, but the impact of microfinance can be felt in any community that supports creative, industrious entrepreneurs," said Premal Shah, President of Kiva.org. "Kiva's micro-loan model is extremely relevant to low-to-moderate income, U.S. based entrepreneurs, especially given the current economic conditions which makes access to credit a very real problem. The Internet could become a significant source of community driven, low-cost capital for the everyday small business owner in the U.S., and Kiva.org is excited to expand its platform to the U.S. at a time when the need for such capital is greatest."
[Source] -- Marketwire
Las Flores Group -- Kiva.org
Loan request -- $188 loan / per entrepreneur
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Paulina is married and has seven children. Paulina has a store in her house where she sells general groceries. Paulina needs a loan for 400 PEN to buy groceries and plastic products. Paulina’s dream is for her children to become professionals.
Rufina is married and has five children. Rufina buys small animals and sells them in the different fairs. She also sells food and drinks. Rufina plans to use the loan to buy more products to expand her business. Rufina’s dreams are to expand her business and devote her time to fattening her animals.
Rosa is married and has seven children. Rosa buys and sells small animals and cheese. Rosa needs a loan for 200 PEN to buy a pig. Rosa’s dreams are to educate her children and to devote her time to fattening her animals.
|Group Name:||Las Flores Group|
|Group Members:|| Olga|
|Loan Use:||Buy rice, sugar, drinks, small animals and grain|
|Repayment Term:||9 months - View details below|
|Date Listed:||Jun 8, 2009|
|Date Disbursed:||May 30, 2009|