$1 billion in life-changing loans

Kiva started with a radical idea twelve years ago. Would people lend small amounts of money to complete strangers on the other side of the world to help alleviate poverty? Today it’s not just a crazy idea. It’s happening and transforming lives. 

The Kiva community just surpassed crowdfunding $1 BILLION in dreams, creating #1BillionInChange for people around the world! Through small loans, 1.5 million lenders have funded brave new ideas that bring hope, opportunity and change to communities. Together, we've proved that when millions of people act, the world changes for millions more.

About the author

Ryan Little

Ryan grew up in San Rafael, California. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Global Peace and Security. Ryan has traveled to over 30 countries around the world including Liberia, where he filmed his second short documentary film Eco Snapshot: Liberia. In combination with making social and environmental documentary films, Ryan founded a freelance video production company making various videos for companies throughout the Bay Area. Ryan has had a passion for Kiva ever since his wife Karen was selected to be a Kiva Fellow at the end of 2009.