Make an impact by supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in Nigeria

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Kiva is a platform for crowdfunding loans to small-scale entrepreneurs around the world.

  1. Choose a borrower
    Browse hundreds of borrower profiles and find a story that connects with you.

  2. Make a loan
    Click ‘Lend’ to send money via our Field Partners, who vet, distribute and administer each loan.

  3. Get repaid
    Receive updates as the borrowers you support succeed and repay their loans.

  4. Repeat!
    When borrowers repay, that money is yours to keep, donate to Kiva or lend again to empower someone new!

In Nigeria, where almost 100 million people still live below the poverty line, the largest challenge lies in creating job opportunities for rural populations. That’s why Kiva partners with organizations in Nigeria to reach these communities and make a lasting impact through loans to agriculture, artisans, clean energy and more.

Kiva lenders are supporting entrepreneurs in Nigeria by giving them the opportunity to lift up themselves, their families, and their communities. Want to join in making a difference? Choose a Nigerian borrower who you want to support!

Arushi, a Kiva borrower in Peru