Kiva’s online fundraising platform allows small business owners, including farmers, to access up to $10,000 in zero percent interest loans. No collateral, credit check, or equity are required.
To receive a Kiva loan, the borrower:
To receive an OEFFA endorsement for a Kiva loan, applicants must:
Permitted Use of Funds
Kiva borrowers may use their loans for a wide range of different reasons. Some examples of how successfully funded Kiva loans were used include: purchasing an ice machine and scalder to improve the efficiency of meat processing for pasture raised poultry; buying supplies and equipment to start an organic farm; obtaining a greenhouse, commercial range, triple-bin stainless steel sink, and commercial lettuce spinner to increase efficiency and profitability on an established farm; purchasing feeders, lights, feed, refrigeration, and baby chicks for a small chicken CSA farm; purchasing and putting up a high tunnel; enclosing and weatherizing an existing pole barn for use in mushroom production.
Where to Start
Start a Kiva application here.
After you start your application, a Kiva representative will reach out to guide you. When you complete and submit your Kiva loan and OEFFA Kiva Trustee Endorsement Request, they will be reviewed by our teams. If approved, you will have 15 days to invite the required number of lenders to fund your loan. Once you reach the required number of lenders, your loan will be posted to the public Kiva website giving you 30 additional days to raise the remaining amount from Kiva's community of 1.6 million lenders.
For More Information
Browse the Kiva website.
For questions about Kiva:
Call: (614) 421-2022 Ext. 202
OEFFA: (614) 421-2022
OEFFA Certification: (614) 262-2022