is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.
100% of every dollar lent on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva's costs are primarily covered through optional donations by lenders, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.
We chose Kiva because it provides loans to people in a variety of countries - including ones with which we've got emotional ties - and the loans are primarily made through local delivery partners. These local delivery partners often also provide other training and business support to borrowers. One of the things that we are unexpectedly enjoying about providing loans through Kiva is the feeling of connection it gives us to the people and projects supported. We also like the idea that once loans are repaid we can relend the money.
There aren't any fixed criteria for a Wild Duck at large loan, although so far we have focused on small producers, makers and social enterprises.
Anyone can join the Wild Duck at large team on Kiva. So if you like the sound of Kiva's approach to loans, we'd love to have you on board! Find out more on the Wild Duck at large team page