Kiva is non-profit organization that allows people to lend money to people, often entrepreneurs, in developing countries through partner micro-finance institutions. Kiva donors have made it possible for new lenders to make a free $25 micro-loan to the borrower of their choice. In other words, if you are new to Kiva and have not made a loan before, you can get a $25 credit to loan to any of the thousands of borrowers in the Kiva database.
There are many categories of loans for people around the world. In the agriculture section you can find quite a few coffee farmers in Latin America, most of which are looking for loans to buy fertilizer, and/or pay for labor to help weed or harvest their crops. (That’s an interesting insight into what may be the largest obstacles to small producers.) Here are a few candidates:
- Seguno in Peru grows coffee and bananas, and wants to buy organic fertilizer, and some items for his grocery store.
- Milca in Peru grows coffee, ginger, and cacao, and wants to buy fertilizer and use some funding to pay workers to weed her crops.
- Maira Suyapa in Honduras grows coffee and bananas and would like to buy fertilizer for her farm.
These credits are for a limited time only, while funding lasts.