"Kiva is connection."

- Adam, Lender

I just bought a pair of shoes from Indosole. They are comfortable, low-profile shoes with soles made from recycled tires and best of all: they’re from an entrepreneur who has borrowed from and connected with Kiva’s community of 1.5 million supportive lenders. I also happen to be wearing a shirt from another Kiva borrower, SFC, and it’s probably my favorite. I’m a walking, talking billboard for small businesses, and I love it!

I don’t buy things from small businesses that have fundraised on Kiva just because they’ve fundraised on Kiva, I buy things from these businesses because I’ve had the opportunity to connect with the businesses on a more personal level through Kiva. Kiva to me is this connection: being involved with Kiva means that you immediately belong to a community of entrepreneurs, lenders, supporters, and fans, all of whom have a vested interest in the success of the most segment of the U.S. economy: small businesses.

As a lender and Kiva staff member, I get to connect with entrepreneurs in my backyard and all around the U.S., help them fund their business growth, and link them to the resources they need to be successful; it’s an honor to be able to do this! Kiva love to all the entrepreneurs working their butts off to reach their goals.

I can’t wait to find the next Indosole and SFC!


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Kathinka K. Nakstad

Kathinka moved to San Francisco to pursue her BBA degree, with a major in marketing. Being form Norway, she time to time misses the different seasons (especially winters with snow). One of her hobbies consists of finding a part of a city and explore it for a whole day. Checking out cool boutiques, and the best places to eat. Two of her favorite places to visit are Budapest and Vienna. No wonder her dream job would be to travel the world and write about the places she visits.