Kiva is the world's first and largest crowdfunding platform for social good. Kiva is a nonprofit organization that aims to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty and expand economic opportunity. Since 2005, Kiva and their growing global community of 950,000 lenders have crowdfunded more than $450 million in microloans to over 1 million entrepreneurs in 65 countries, with a 98.9% repayment rate. Visitors can browse the website to see profiles and stories of borrowers seeking loans for school tuitions and supplies, expanding their business, access to clean/green energy products and more. You can choose someone to lend $25 or more to and when your loan is repaid you can relend to another person or withdraw you money from the system.


Micro Loans, Kiva, Crowdfunding, Lend, Loan


Accion is a global nonprofit dedicated to creating a financially inclusive world where people have the financial tools they need to improve their lives. We are building the next generation of top-tier microfinance institutions, accelerating start-up companies that serve the poor through our impact-investing initiatives, and helping to create a strong industry with high standards. Over more than 50 years, Accion has helped create 63 microfinance institutions in 32 countries on four continents that today reach millions of clients. The Accion U.S. Network is the largest microfinance network in the United States and has served hundreds of thousands of clients with loans and support


ACCION, Micro Finance, Financial Access, Business Training, Micro Loans

Women's World Banking

The mission of the Women's World Banking global network is to expand the economic assets, participation and power of low-income women and their households by helping them access financial services, knowledge and markets


Women's World Banking, Micro Finance, Microloan

Challenges Worldwide

Challenges Worldwide has over a decade of experience in private sector development in low and middle income countries.
We provide direct support to SMEs helping to create an enabling environment for business and facilitate impact investment. 


Challenges Worldwide works with local partners to deliver innovative solutions for long-term success. Its microfinance-based WaterCredit Initiative is pioneering sustainable giving in the sector. Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.


Water, Water-related Illness, Water.Org, Matt Damon

End Poverty helps enable the very poor of the world to lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty. We provide small loans, business training and community development programs through a network of locally-led organizations in twelve countries to equip poor families to improve their lives.


Micro Finance, End Poverty, Families, Poor

Grameen Foundation

At Grameen Foundation our goal is simple – we want to see poor people, especially the poorest and those living in harder to reach areas, have access to microfinance and technology and as a result of access to these services, move themselves out of poverty.


Greameen Foundation, Microfinance

Microfinance Focus

Microfinance Focus is an online knowledge platform about microfinance and sustainable development. Our worldwide recognition has been driven by a great need for shared information regarding the microfinance industry. Much of our growth can be attributed to our commitment to help the industry excel by plugging the knowledge gap, via free access to news and information that will benefit microfinance institutions (MFIs) and their practitioners.


Microfinance Focus, Microfinance

Women's Worldwide Web

Women’s WorldWide Web is an online collaborative platform dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women around the world, through education, microfinance, access to ICTs and networking.


Women's Worldwide Web, Women Empowerment


Raven + Lily is a socially responsible brand dedicated to empowering women through design partnerships and sustainable economic opportunities.


Raven Lily, Women, Africa, India, Empowerment, Jewelery

Blassys...the Microenterprise eMagazine

Blassys … the Microenterprise eMagazine, is an online publication about microfinance and microenterpreneurs’ efforts, gains, and challenges. Our goal is to inform, educate, and entertain by bringing to our readers universal spectrum of ideas on Microfinance as well as thoughtful opinions by practitioners, scholars, professionals and of course, the microenterpreneurs.


Blassys, Microfinance, Microenterprise, Microentrepreneurs

The Adventure Project

The Adventure Project is a non-profit organization established to increase investments in positive social enterprises around the world. Founded in 2010 by Becky Straw & Jody Landers, who met while traveling through Liberia, West Africa. They have joined forces to raise awareness and funds to support the world’s most-effective social ventures.


The Adventure Project, Investment, Social Enterprise, Social Ventures, Africa


KickStart’s goal is to get millions of people out of poverty quickly, cost effectively and sustainably. KickStart creates opportunities for poor, rural, entrepreneurial farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to make money and offers a permanent solution to address the deepest root of poverty; lack of income.


KickStart, Economic Growth, Jobs, Employment, Africa, Entrepreneurs


Zidisha is the first peer-to-peer microlending service to offer direct interaction between lenders and borrowers across the international wealth divide. We eliminate the middleman, ensuring that entrepreneurs' profits stay right where they belong – in their communities.


Zidisha, Microlending, Lender, Borrower, Microfinance, Loans


The institutional mission of ASA is to support and strengthen the economy at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid by facilitating access to financial services for the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged.


ASA, Economy, Microfinance, Financial Services