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The World Refugee Fund

Kiva launched the World Refugee Fund in 2017 to mobilize our lenders to support refugees and IDPs, as well as the communities hosting them. With support from our generous partners, the World Refugee Fund will match 1:1 each $25 lent on Kiva.org to displaced populations, while funds last.

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This World Refugee Day, help refugees find hope beyond crisis.
Support a refugee

You've heard the problem: There are 68 million people who have been forced from their homes.

While the world has focused on immediate aid in crisis situations, the longer-term needs of refugees are often forgotten.

Many refugees, hoping to start their own businesses to support themselves, their families, and their host communities, have no access to financial services to help them rebuild. Banks consider them too risky.

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Kiva lenders are looking beyond the crisis and helping refugees find hope.

That's 65 million people who need more than food and shelter— they also need ways to build for their futures. With as little as $25, individuals like you are lending to refugees looking to start businesses, pay for medical expenses or fund other critical needs.

Walida, a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon