"Kiva was the catalyst."

- Mike, Great Health

Kiva was the catalyst for my business.  I had good credit, but no income.  I used my Kiva loan to open up access to larger loans.  Immediately after getting my Kiva loan I was able to pay off all my business debt and become eligible for the financing we needed to launch. Creating opportunities for the people I grew up with is the reason for this business, and thanks to Kiva it is all possible.


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About the author

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.