Ashley DuChene Photography donates $10 from each family photography session to Kiva (www.kiva.org).
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 low-income entrepreneurs across the globe. Here is how Kiva Works: You choose who to lend to – whether a baker in Afghanistan, a goat herder in Uganda, a farmer in Peru, a restaurateur in Cambodia or a tailor in Iraq – and as they repay their loan, you get your money back and have the opportunity to relend. It’s a powerful and sustainable way to empower someone right now to lift themselves out of poverty.
Kiva works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. One hundred percent of loan is sent to these microfinance institutions, which we call 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. Learn more about how it works.
100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes directly towards funding loans; Kiva does not take a cut. Furthermore, Kiva does not charge interest to our Field Partners, who administer the loans. Kiva is primarily funded through the support of lenders making optional donations. We 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. Learn more about our partnerships or make a donation. About Kiva