Kiva loans are facilitated through two models, partner and direct, that
enable us to reach the greatest number of people around the world.For partner loans,
borrowers apply to a local Field Partner, which manages the loan on the ground.
For direct loans, borrowers apply through the Kiva website.
The loan goes through the underwriting and approval process
Partner loans are facilitated by local nonprofits or lending institutions, which approve the
borrower’s loan request. Kiva does due diligence and ongoing monitoring for each of these
Field Partners.Direct loans are approved through “social underwriting”, where trustworthiness
is determined by friends & family lending a portion of the loan request, or by a Kiva approved
Trustee vouching for the borrower.
Disbursal refers to when the borrower can access the money— the timing of this can vary.
For most Field Partner loans, the money is pre-disbursed, so the borrower can access
the funds right away. For direct loans, the money is disbursed only after the loan has
been fully crowdfunded on the Kiva website.
Lenders crowdfund the loan in increments of $25 or more.